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Republic of Opportunity or State of Insecurity?


Republic of Opportunity or State of Insecurity?

NYCI Seminar on Precarious Work for Young People

Trinity Suite, Gresham Hotel, Dublin | 9:30-2pm Tuesday October 24th 2017

NYCI seminar exploring the extent and impact of, and solutions to, precarious work for young people.

This seminar included inputs from a range of stakeholders, such as think tanks, academia, the trade union movement, labour market specialists and the youth sector exploring precarious employment and work quality. It focused on exploring current data, trends and developments, but also explored potential solutions. The seminar was designed to allowed for information sharing, discussion and debate on practical measures to improve job quality and reduce precarity.


10:10-10:30 James Doorley, Deputy Director, NYCI, presentation of the “NYCI RedC Poll findings on young people and precarious work

10:30-10:50 Ciaran Nugent, Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI), presentation on Labour market and related quality of life issues for young people

10:50-11:10 Dave Curran, SIPTU presentation “The Trade Union perspective”

11:10-11:20 Questions and Comments

11:30-11:50 Dr Joseph Moran, Waterford Institute of Technology presentation on “One young man’s encounter with precarious employment: A story from the South-East of Ireland”

11:50-12:10 Dr Sinead Pembroke, TASC, presentation on “The Social Implications of Precarious Work

12:10-12:30 Dr John Sweeney presentation 'Quality Jobs' for Some, 'Any Job will Do' for Others - Inevitable?” with reference to paper prepared for NYCI in 2016 entitled “Job Creation and Job Quality in Ireland: an Exploration of the Policy Issues

12:30-1:30 Discussion on presentations and recent developments and proposals to address precarious work in Ireland.








Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 was launched on 2nd October

The remaining provisions of the Children First Act will also be commenced on the 11th of December 2017. These include mandatory reporting of child abuse and a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

The obligations on mandated reporters will take effect immediately on the date of commencement (11th of Dec), while organisations will have three months from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement. Resources are available from Tusla website

Download: PDF icon  Children_First_National_Guidance_2017.pdf

Vacancy: Youth Pact Development Officer

YOUTHPACT is a regional project, led by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with the Ulster University, Pobal and the National Youth Council of Ireland. As part of this project, the National Youth Council of Ireland is now recruiting for the following post:


Development Officer who is a professionally qualified youth worker and is a specialist in youth participation


Download application forms and further information on the project:

Application Form

Job Description

Youth Pact Summary


The ideal candidate will:

  • A recognised professional youth work qualification
  • Have 5  years’ experience working with young people in a non-formal/informal youth work setting ;
  • Have 3 years’ experience of delivering best practice youth participation initiatives
  • Have 3 years’ experience of staff/team leadership and management in the youth work sector;
  • Have experience of managing outcomes based youth work service contracts;
  • Have a proven track record of designing and delivering youth work projects and programmes;
  • Have experience of developing and nurturing external partnerships with stakeholders
  • Have excellent interpersonal, written communication, organisational and presentation skills;
  • Have the ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as part of a team.


This is a full-time post (35 hours per week) for a fixed term period of 48 months. Some evening and weekend work is required. Please note that this post will be based in Belfast.


Salary: € 41531


Please e-mail Application Form and cover letter to: or post to

Lisa Hyland,

Administrative Manager,

National Youth Council of Ireland,

3 Montague St,


D02 V327


Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday 23rd October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.


YouthPact is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)


Youth Sector News

Organisation to deliver Youth Service to young people based in Ballyhaunis sought

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) is seeking an organisation to deliver a Youth Service to young people based in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.  The service will be funded under the Value for Money and Performance Review Scheme from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  The services will be targeted and specific to the needs of the young people.


The organisation sought should:

  • Exemplify good practice in relation to vision, methodologies, governance, compliance, programme design and delivery
  • Be experienced in working with teenagers and young adults, using non-formal educational methodologies
  • Operate in an out-of-school setting, including evenings and weekends
  • Understand the nature and needs of young people
  • Able to devise and measure effective responses
  • Be committed to on-going sharing of learning and collaboration


Application is by means of an Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. For an Information Pack, Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and Application Form, please contact Breda Ruane, Youth Officer at

Closing date for receipt of Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, in four hard copies:

Friday 3rd November 2017 at 12noon.


Please return completed Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to:

Shaun Purcell

Chief Executive,

RE:  VFM Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo,


Quay Street,




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