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7 Apr 2017 - 15:00

Youth Leaders Network – Ireland and Northern Ireland

Future of Work Conference, Malaga, 14-17 September 2017

Application deadline: 12 noon on Monday, 8th May


6 Apr 2017 - 11:30
  • Ireland’s large youth population unique in Western Europe
  • Drop in 20-34 year old population shows impact of emigration
  • Onus on Government to ensure adequate investment to meet needs of youth population, says Youth Council
6 Apr 2017 - 11:30

National Youth Council, Camara Education Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland join forces to bring STEM skills to young people all over Ireland.

The ambitious new ‘Maker Project’ will inspire thousands of young people across Ireland to make, create and invent with confidence and curiosity, and increase engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). That’s the message from Camara Patron and Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam, CBE, launching the programme today (06.04.17).

4 Apr 2017 - 10:45
  • EU Auditors report a wakeup call for Irish Government and EU Commission on flaws in Youth Guarantee programme - time for review and reboot, says Youth Council
  • Over 13,500 young people unemployed long-term, with over 4,500 unemployed for more than three years.

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has today (04.04.17) published a comprehensive report examining the implementation of the Youth Guarantee – a scheme to address youth unemployment - in 7 EU member states, including Ireland.

1 Mar 2017 - 13:15

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed the announcement today that the Irish Government is to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. The NYCI has long supported the campaign, arguing that recognition as an ethnic group is critical, especially for young Travellers, so that they can be proud of their identity and heritage.

29 Mar 2017 - 20:15
  • Democracy delayed is democracy denied, says Youth Council
  • Disappointed at unnecessary delay, but the #VoteAt16 campaign goes on

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has expressed disappointment that a Bill to extend the Vote to young people aged 16 and 17 was stymied this evening (29.03.17) after the Seanad voted 29-21 in favour of an amendment to delay consideration of the Bill until December 2017.

29 Mar 2017 - 11:30
  • Up to 126,000 young people aged 16 and 17 could vote in the 2019 Local and European Elections
  • Arguments first used to disenfranchise women now being used against youth
  • Scotland: all major political parties now support votes at 16
1 Mar 2017 - 16:15

Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history

Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event today (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group.

16 Feb 2017 - 21:15

Youth Council welcomes statement from Minister McEntee in support of Bill

Business interests must not trump wellbeing of our young people, says Council

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed a statement by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, earlier this week (on 15.03.17) reiterating her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and highlighting the impact alcohol is having on the mental health of young people in Ireland.

30 Jan 2017 - 15:00

Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needs to be inclusive, ECOSOC meeting told.

Inclusion must be at the heart of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s the message from Samantha O'Brien O'Reilly from Kells, County Meath, one of Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2017.

“If you don’t ask who is not represented at the table, regardless of how noble your intentions, you go against the spirit of the SDGs,” Ms O'Brien O'Reilly told a high level meeting at the United Nations in New York.