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Brexit Forum on Children and Young People opportunity to address youth needs and concerns

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:30

Ireland’s youth population to increase 13% over the next four years, vital they are taken into account

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed the decision by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, TD to hold a forum to explore the implications of Brexit for children and young people. The meeting takes place in Croke Park, Dublin on Monday 30th January. 

Mary Cunningham, Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) said: "We welcome the fact that Minister Zappone is hosting an all-island Brexit dialogue addressing the potential impact of Brexit on young people. While the full implications are still unclear, this forum is an important chance to air the concerns many have that a hard Brexit could have serious repercussions on areas such as education, mobility and employment, the recognition of qualifications, child protection and a whole range of other issues that touch upon the lives of young people in Ireland. It will also allow us to look for the positives, and identify areas where potential opportunities may arise, in order to harness these for the benefit of Ireland’s growing youth population."

Young Voices discussing Brexit

One of the youngest populations in Europe

"Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe, with one-third aged under 25, and 10 to 24 year olds representing 18.3% of the total population of 4.59 million. It is estimated that the youth population in Ireland will increase by 13% over the next four years, so it is vital that the voices of young people be taken into account in any decisions which may affect them down the line. Therefore we welcome the fact that the Minister has actively included young people and the youth sector in this dialogue today. NYCI also plans to commission a poll of young people under 30 in the coming weeks. This will include questions to ascertain their views and perspective on the impact of Brexit, which we hope will influence the nature and direction of Government policy on the issue" added Ms Cunningham.


"It is also important that we explore not just the consequences of Brexit, but the causes of Brexit - which include disillusionment with the EU and some of the policies it has pursued. We need to engage our young population, not alienate it," concluded Ms Cunningham.


For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email


Notes to Editors:

National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.