A new poll Red C poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has found that 30% of young people aged 18-25 were not registered to vote in advance of the recent local and European elections. The problem is most acute among the 18-21 age group with up to 43% of this cohort not registered. On a more positive note, the poll found that 54% of those who were on the electoral register did vote in May. Young voters were also asked about who they voted for in the local and European elections and the results are outlined below.
In light of our decision to support a yes vote in the Children's Referendum, NYCI supports the inclusion of the key principles of ‘best interest’ and ‘voice of the child’ which are now reflected in the Children and Family Relationships Bill.
Request for submissions to inform the development of a National
Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland
Submission from the National Youth Council of Ireland
At a time of high youth unemployment and high levels of youth emigration from Ireland, Budget 2014 has delivered another devastating budget for young people. The budgetary measures announced in Budget 2014 are regressive, draconian and grossly inequitable. They target young people and will result in further austerity and hardship for young jobseekers, particularly the most marginisalised and disadvantaged young people.
In this submission, NYCI outlines what it believes to be priorities for Government action and spending in the areas of:
1. Defending Youth Work Services
2. Providing supports for most disadvantaged young jobseekers
3. Reducing Child Poverty
4. Tackling Alcohol Related Harm
Download Pre-Budget Submission (pdf) here:Download:
The Irish Presidency managed to secure the commitment of all member states to the Youth Guarantee. It will give young people under the age of 25 the chance of training or a new job within four months of their becoming unemployed.Download:
The Contribution of Quality Youth WorkDownload:
Maximizing the Potential of Youth Policy
Time to go? A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Experience and Impact of Emigration on Ireland’s Youth
By interviewing young people who have emigrated to the UK and to Canada
about their experience, the study explores:
1. Where are Irish youth emigrating to and why?
2. How are they settling into life in their host country?
3. What are the challenges they have encountered on this journey?
4. What supports would have made their move easier?
5. Do they envisage returning home in the next 5 years if the economy improves?
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