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Policy, Reports and Submissions

  • Review of Irish Aid Programme: Read the Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence  made by the National Youth Council of Ireland on the  review of the Irish Aid Programme.

  • Budget 2018 was limited and modest in scope and ambition. From the perspective of young people it did little to address long youth unemployment, youth homelessness, inadequate mental health services, the cost of third level education and nothing to reverse the reduced and age discriminatory jobseekers allowance payments to young persons under 26 years. There are however, some budgetary provisions that are welcome and are important to acknowledge. This NYCI Post Budget 2018 Analysis outlines some of the main changes affecting young people and youth issues.

  • Youth Check is an impact assessment tool designed to consider the impact on young people and children of  any new Policy or Legislation that is relevant to them.

  • NYCI's  submission to the Citizens Assembly outlines recommendations on how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change.

  • Ireland's youth population will increase by 11.6% between 2015 and 2025, rising to just over 1,000,000. NYCI's Pre-Budget Submission (2018) 'A Million Good Reasons: preparing Ireland for a growing youth population' outlines costed recommendations for Budget 2018 for investment in youth work services, employment, education and social protection supports, and measures to promote positive mental health, equality and to prevent homelessness. Download your copy at the link below.

  • Budget 2017 did nothing to redress the inequitable and age discriminatory policies adopted during recession in response to youth unemployment. In fact, the decisions taken in this budget reaffirmed the intergenerational inequality reflected in public policy in response to young people of work age. The policy decision to award a lower level of increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance to young jobseekers in Budget 2017 was mean-spirited and reinforces the continuation of a regressive and inequitable policy.

  • In this submission NYCI recommends to Government a number of priorities for investment in Budget 2017

    • Invest in Youth Work Services
    • Reduce Youth Unemployment  
    • Incentivise education, training and work for young jobseekers
    • Reduce Youth Homelessness
    • Enhance Youth Mental Health Supports and Services
  • NYCI organised a Collaboration Workshop for the youth sector in March 2012.

    The workshop was facilitated by John Crimmins and Pedro Angulo of Prospectus.  This report outlines the presentations, understanding and discussions of presenters and participants.

  • Final report of the work done in 2014 and 2015 on the topic of political empowerment.

    If you would like a hard copy, please contact and we will send you one.

    What is Structured Dialogue?

    Young voices is part of ‘Structured Dialogue,’ a European programme which makes sure the opinions of young people and youth organisations are taken into account when youth-related policies are being developed in the EU. Structured Dialogue brings together young people and policy-makers across the EU to jointly discuss and feed into youth policy at national and European level.

    How Structured Dialogue works

    The structured dialogue programme is carried out in work cycles of 18 months, each
    focusing on one topic, which is discussed by young people and policy-makers in all
    EU Member States. The results of these discussions form the basis for the joint debates
    between young people and Ministry representatives from all EU Member States at the
    EU Youth Conferences, organised by each Presidency every six months.
  • We acknowledge the importance of an increase in funding for youth work services in Budget 2016, which will provide additional support to youth organizations working with young people throughout the country. Given the savage cuts in previous Budgets, the needs of the growing youth population, and the commitments in the National Youth Strategy, however, we need to see greater progress in funding in the coming years. 

    The Budget provided an increase in the minimum wage of 50c which brings it up to €9.15 per hour. Whilst modest, this increase in the minimum wage is welcome, and could benefit up to 47,000 young workers under the age of 30 years. The reduction in the USC for those on low incomes is also welcome. 

    Whilst these supports are welcome, NYCI believes that more could have been done to support young people to access education, training and employment, and to address the serious deprivation so many young people continue to experience in Irish society. 

    Budget 2016 did nothing to address the housing crisis, nor did it respond to other important issues affecting young people, such as measures to reduce alcohol-related harm, or to promote youth participation in the democratic process.

    Overall, the Budget neglected to support and respond in an adequate manner to the needs of young people. We are extremely disappointed by the grossly inadequate budgetary provisions contained in Budget 2016, which do little to support young people.


Policy, Reports and Submissions