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Clár na nÓg April 2012

A Chara,

As you are aware, the referendum on the European Stability treaty will be held on May 31st. In a recent meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs to discuss the treaty NYCI made a presentation about its implications, in particular for young people and those who work with them.

We questioned whether the Treaty will require the Government to impose more and deeper cuts than are economically or socially wise and just. We also emphasised that it is vital that the full implications of the treaty are spelled out to the Irish people, in the context of a larger vision for the future of the EU as a whole and suggested that, given the high levels of youth unemployment, we need a dedicated youth employment plan, backed with the resources to make it work. NYCI also expressed disappointment at the Government decision to hold the referendum on the treaty on a Thursday, as this will disenfranchise many young people in education, training or in work away from home.

In another development of interest to all of us in the youth work sector, we have been informed that the national vetting bureau Bill is due for publication in the coming weeks. We will be watching out for this with anticipation, and will provide reaction and analysis if and when the Bill is published. In the meantime, the NYCI submission in response to the heads of Bill is available for review online.

Finally, a reminder for those of you working towards enhancing the quality of your youth work practice: do take advantage of our accredited, tailored and on-demand trainings, designed to support your organisation in implementing and meeting good practice standards whatever its size and focus.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

Mary Cunningham



NYCI Urges Oireachtais Commitee to consider all implications of fiscal compact

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) met with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs to discuss the fiscal compact. NYCI Assistant Director, James Doorley raised a number of issues about the implications of the Treaty, in particular for young people and those who work with them... read more >>

Full text: Presentation to the Joint Committee on European Affairs on the Intergovernmental Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union >>

A New Age in Voting – “Vote at 16” campaign 2012

The Vote@16 campaign gathered pace following its kick-off conference, with great press coverage as well as a fiery online debate on NYCI Youth Representative Maria Kelly’s opinion piece featured on You can expect to see more from our Youth Media Advocates when the date for the constitutional convention looking at voting age is announced. In the meantime...

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Latest International Opportunities

The NYCI International section website contains a wealth of opportunities, exchanges and programmes for those involved in the youth sector. This month keep your eye out for  ‘Exploring Citizenship’ and ‘Working with young job-seekers’ as well as upcoming funding deadlines, training and more.   

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Accredited Courses Enrolling now

Certificate in Global Justice in Youth Work (FETAC L5)
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Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare (NUIM Accredited – L 7)
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Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion (NUI Galway Accredited – L 8)
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Youth Council dismay at weekday referendum date

NYCI expressed disappointment at the Government decision to hold the referendum on the European Stability treaty on a Thursday, as this will disenfranchise many young people in education, training or in work away from home.

One World Week 2012 - Vote for your choice of theme!

One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year. Youth groups around Ireland vote on the theme that they would like to explore for One World Week 2012.
Deadline for voting :Monday 16 April.
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New Publication: Protecting our Children and Young People

This NYCI Toolkit is aimed at youth clubs, services and organisations that are designing their child protection policy for the first time or reviewing their existing child protection policy.
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NYCI Training


NYCI provides accredited courses, on-demand training and tailored programmes in the areas of:

  • Child Protection
  • Development Education
  • Equality & Interculturalism
  • Youth Health
  • Youth Arts

Find out how you or your organisation can benefit from NYCI Trainings in 2012:, email contact 01-478 4122

Member's News

Scouting Ireland Elects Chief Scout for Second Term

Scouting Ireland are very pleased to announce the re election of Mr Michael John Shinnick to the position of Chief Scout for a further 3 year term.


NAYD Inclusion Seminar

National Association of Youth Drama staff and drama workers from across the county took part in a the first session of this seminar series with Stephen Moynihan and Sarah Duffy from the Irish Wheelchair Association on 4th Apr 2012...

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Call for entries: Macra na Feirme National Talent Competition

Any counties which have not already done so should send in their entries immediately to the National Talent Competition.

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Call for registrations: ‘permanent tsb Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards’ 2012

Every youth group across Ireland is eligible to enter a community project or worthwhile activity. A national showcase of all the projects will be held in Dublin's RDS during the summer.
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The 60th anniversary of Foróige was celebrated at the charity's Annual Leaders' Conference which took place at the end of March.

More than 100 young people in Donegal showcased their business ideas at a special event organised by the Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in March.
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ECO-UNESCO training for youth workers

ECO-UNESCO’s FETAC accredited training centre offers a variety of FETAC Accredited courses and shorter one–day trainings for youth workers.

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Pavee Point meets representatives on UN National Minorities Convention

Pavee Point directors Martin Collins and Ronnie Fay met  with representatives from the United Nations Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance... Find out more>>

Irish Girl Guides Camp 101

Over 1,500 Irish Girl Guides will be camping for a week this July, and they’ll be joined throughout the week by another 500 younger members and staff. They’re expecting over 4,000 people at Camp 101 for Visitors Day. The week will be a great celebration for the girls as well as an opportunity to engage with the community and the greater world as they learn about the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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JCI Ireland in search of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Year

JCI Ireland is currently looking for nominations for the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the year awards for 2012.  Find out more >>

Youth Work Ireland Week

Youth Work Ireland Week will take place from Saturday 21st April to Sunday 29th April and will see over 100 youth events taking place around Ireland organised by local voluntary youth services.

Find out more>> launch online ‘Find Help’ Tool has created a new platform on its site for young people across Ireland to find their nearest support services to help them with issues such as depression, eating disorders or sexual health.

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YCW Call for Participants

YCW is looking for young people between the ages of 18 to 25 years of age living in Ireland to participate in a piece of qualitative research into the reality of young adults in that age bracket living in Ireland today.

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No Name Club’s National Youth Awards

The No Name Club’s National Youth Awards take place in Kilkenny on April 14. Over 1,000 members of the No Name Club will be in attendance at the organisation’s 29th Awards, which will feature interviews with finalists from Clubs around the country, before the Host of the Year and Hostess of the Year are announced. For further information see

Youth Sector News

Youth in Action Training Schedule 2012

If you are considering any Youth in Action projects as part of your programme of work in 2012 see here for a short breakdown of Youth in Action training activities schedule for the first quarter of 2012 - they are sorted by deadlines and cover a range of activities, themes and topics of interest.

Cavan Centre events and activities

The Cavan Centre provides accommodation for residential activities and also runs three distinct programmes that groups can avail of:

  1. Adventure Education
  2. Training courses
  3. Respite Breaks

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Community Event To Mark 2012 As International Year For Active Ageing And Intergenerational Solidarity

Date: Tuesday, 24th April 2012
Time: 12 noon to 4pm
Location: Aula Maxima, National University of Ireland, Galway

***Young people’s participation encouraged.***
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