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Dublin man Greg Lyons was elected this weekend as the first ever Youth Representative to sit on the governing body of the Irish Red Cross, its Central Council. Darren Ryan, Chairman of the National Youth Working Group, stressed the significance of this new appointment, “This is a significant move in the right direction for Irish Red Cross. It will mean that Irish Red Cross Youth now have a voice at the governance level of the society and in turn will allow the elected representative to run for the Executive Committee, who act as the Board of the Irish Red Cross”.

Greg Lyons Irish Red Cross Youth Central Council Rep, Donal Forde Secretary General, Darren Ryan Chairman of the National Youth Working Group

Approximately 150 young volunteers from all over Ireland met on Saturday at the Irish Red Cross Youth Forum in Athlone to elect their representative.  Nominees were invited to attend the Youth Forum to address the voting members.  Lyons was declared the winner after obtaining a majority of the vote.

Speaking after his election, as part of his inaugural speech as Youth

Youth Forum 2011

Representative Lyons said he would, “Represent the voice of Youth to the best of his ability and always put the development of Youth first”.

The position of Youth Representative for the Central Council was created as part of the new governance structure of the Irish Red Cross.  Donal Forde, Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross, said, “I’m delighted with Greg Lyons’ election to our Central Council. Red Cross Youth represents the future of our Society and this is another step to ensure that they will have a strong voice in our decision making process. I look forward to working closely with Greg and all his colleagues on the IRC Youth Working Group”. 

Within his new role Lyons will attend meetings of the Central Council, which is the governing body of the Irish Red Cross. Within his function on the council Lyons will speak for approximately 30% of the Irish Red Cross’ overall membership, all of whom are youth members aged between 5 and 25, on all matters regarding the governance of the Irish Red Cross.

Irish Red Cross Youth is made up of members who take part in local and national activities aimed at empowering them with skills and training in areas such as first aid, personal development and international and cultural understanding.  To find out more about Irish Red Cross Youth in your area see


Images with thanks to Laura Gallgher