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    • April 16, 2014 - 4:30pm

     

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the publication today (16.04.14) of Better Outcomes: Brighter Future: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020.

     

    Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said:

    “We now have, for the first time at Government level, a comprehensive set of national outcomes and goals relating to children and young people to work towards. This is a welcome development as it will help ensure better outcomes for young people in a wide range of areas including health, education, child protection, poverty and youth participation.”

    Cross-government approach commended

    “In particular, Minister Fitzgerald is to be commended for this initiative as it promotes a new culture and cross-government approach to improving outcomes for all young people,” added Ms Cunningham.

     

    Better Outcomes: Brighter Future provides an overarching national policy framework for children and young people aged from birth to 24 years and will be implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in collaboration with all Government departments and key State agencies.

    Resourcing and implementation will be key

    “The challenge now, however, will be to put in place the systems, ensure proper resourcing and take the actions needed to make sure that the outcomes in this policy framework can be achieved.

    “One-third of our population is under the age of 25. We look forward to working with all Government Departments and agencies in their work on improving health and wellbeing, raising education levels and reducing inequality among this age group, in turn contributing to better outcomes and brighter futures for all children and young people in Ireland,” concluded Ms Cunningham.

    ENDS

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

     

    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.

    • March 26, 2014 - 9:30am

    • urges young people to register to vote in local and European elections  
    • Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 6th

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (26.03.14) launched a nationwide initiative to encourage those under 25 to make sure they are on the electoral register for the upcoming elections taking place on May 23rd.

    Speaking at the launch of the pledge2reg.ie campaign today in UCD, Dublin James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said:  “We strongly encourage young people to register to vote ahead of the local and European elections. Anyone who is 18 years of age on or before polling day can apply for inclusion on the supplementary register up until Tuesday, May 6th.”

    The Youth Council will be visiting sites in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Athlone and Galway as part of its pledge2reg roadshow, helping young people to register. On the campaign website pledge2reg.ie young people nationwide can download the forms, sign up for reminders and be find out more about the elections.

     

    “Not being on the register is a key reason why young people don’t vote, with many not even aware they have to register. In fact, a previous NYCI study found that 26% of 18-25 year olds were not registered to vote, rising to 36% among 18-21 year olds,”* explained Mr Doorley.

     

    “Also, a number of young people who have moved away from where they are registered to vote because they are in education or employment elsewhere and are unable to travel back to vote can change their voting registration to their current residence, again on or before, May 6th,” continued Mr Doorley.

    Young people seeking to register, can obtain the relevant form (RFA2) from local authorities or can download it from www.checktheregister.ie . Those wishing to change their registration address can download the RFA3 form. These forms must be completed and brought to a local Garda station to be witnessed and stamped, and I.D. will be required.

    See www.pledge2reg.ie for more details on the campaign. This campaign is part of the League of Young Voters in Europe, a politically neutral initiative that aims to amplify young people's concerns and expectations in the run-up to European elections.

     

    ENDS

     

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

     

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland

    The National Youth Council of Ireland 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.

    *The Truth About Youth (NYCI)

    NYCI study http://www.voteat16.ie/files/uploads/on_Voter_Participation_National_Survey_FINAL.pdf

    About The League of Young Voters

    The League of Young Voters in Europe is a politically neutral initiative that aims to amplify young people's concerns and expectations in the run-up to European elections. The purpose of the LYV is to address the ever-decreasing participation of young people in European elections. The League exists both at the European level, engaging with European political parties and campaigns in Brussels, and also nationally and locally, through national initiatives supported by the European Youth Forum’s network of youth organisations and national youth councils.

    To find out more, go to: http://www.youngvoters.eu or contact us via email – hello@youngvoters.eu / Twitter - @youngvoters.eu / Facebook – youngvoters.eu

     

     

    • March 25, 2014 - 9:00am

    42% of young people in Ireland living with their parents

    51% see cost as a barrier to healthcare

    18% experience serious deprivation

    The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound)  and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (25.03.14) presented the findings from a new Eurofound study entitled ‘the social situation of young people in Europe’. The study charts the changing social situation of young people aged 18 to 29 across the EU.

    Social exclusion
    Presenting an analysis of the Eurofound study from the Irish perspective Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer highlighted that a lack of employment opportunities had a significant impact on the perceived social exclusion of young people.

     

    Housing shortage and living arrangements

    The study also showed that 42% of young people in Ireland are living with their parents. According to Ms McAleer an increase in youth unemployment and cuts in social welfare for young people in successive budgets has made it more difficult for young people to afford to leave home and live independently. “We also have to address the serious housing shortage here in Ireland. and Government also needs to develop an integrated housing strategy, as a matter of urgency,” added Ms McAleer.

     

    Health

    The report also indicates that 51% of Irish young people cited cost as a difficulty in accessing health care. This is the 4th highest in the EU.

    “The availability of limited free healthcare in Ireland compared to other parts of the EU and the rising cost of health insurance is a significant barrier to young people’s access to health care and subsequently their unmet medical need. Obviously the current system is not working and needs to be replaced by a system that provides greater equity and access to health care for all.

     

    “We acknowledge that this is an issue that Government is currently examining and we await with interest the publication of the White Paper on the proposed Universal Health Insurance model in this regard,” Said Ms McAleer.

    The impact of recession and austerity

    “The Eurofound research also confirms that 18% of young people in Ireland experience serious deprivation. This means that 18% cannot afford keeping their house warm, buying meat or fish at least every second day (if they wanted to) and/or buying new, rather than second-hand clothes. Young people in large households, such as those living both with their parents and their partner and/or children are the most likely to experience high level of deprivation”, concluded Ms McAleer.

     

    Spotlight on social situation of young people most at risk

    Also speaking at the launch Eurofound Director, Juan Menéndez-Valdés said: “Tackling youth unemployment continues to be a policy priority for European and national governments, but the need to directly address the risk of social exclusion and the need to look at the broader aspects of social inclusion are increasingly recognised in the public debate.”

    “Remaining outside the labour market has far-reaching consequences – not solely economic. These include a loss of confidence, an undermining of trust and expectations, and an increasing risk of social exclusion and disengagement from society. With this report, we have put the spotlight on the social situation of young people most at risk, in an effort to further the debate and facilitate the tackling of these challenges,” added Mr Menéndez-Valdés.

     

    ENDS

    Contact: Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 communications@nyci.ie

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland
    The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 54 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

    Download the report at http://bit.ly/1ileL9r

    The sample size for Ireland was 1051 face to face interviews.
    The new report is based on Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), a representative survey of those aged 18 and over in Europe, covering all EU countries and some acceding, candidate and potential candidate countries.

    Eurofound
    The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge in the area of social and work-related policies. Eurofound was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1365/75.

     

    • January 28, 2014 - 3:30pm

    More clarity needed on how much consists of existing provision and what represents new places

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the umbrella body that represents youth organisations, has welcomed the Government report on the implementation of the youth guarantee scheme published today (28.01.14).

    Speaking at the launch of the report James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said:

    “We welcome the publication of this report, as it is the first time since the crisis began in 2008 that a comprehensive package of measures to tackle youth unemployment has been put together in one coherent plan.”

     

    “We welcome also the commitment to provide young people with a personal progression plan, which is to include a one-to-one interview to discuss their existing qualifications and identify further needs with a particular focus on those most at risk of long-term unemployment.”

     

    “However, it is not clear from the document how much of the package that has been announced comes from existing provision, and how much represents new places and resources.”

     

    “We are also disappointed that there is no explicit reference to the role of youth work in addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged young people and those furthest from the labour market.”

     

    “It is vital that we now move to implementation of this plan, while ensuring that it is sufficiently resourced to provide quality opportunities for those that need them most,” concluded Mr Doorley.

     

    The NYCI was among the first in Ireland to recommend examination of a youth guarantee scheme in February 2011.

    ENDS

    Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or communications@nyci.ie

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland
    NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
    www.youth.ie

    NYCI Infographic Factsheet: Youth Guarantee
    http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI_051_A4_accessible.pdf

    The NYCI was among the first in Ireland to recommend examination of a youth guarantee scheme in February 2011
    http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/Creating-a-future-for-Young-jobseekers-web-version_0.pdf

    (page 43).

    https://www.welfare.ie/en/downloads/Youth-Guarantee-Implementation-Plan.pdf

    • December 11, 2013 - 4:00pm

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (11.12.13) welcomed the Tánaiste’s commitment to reviewing the existing policy on emigrants. The organisation, which represents youth groups working with over 380,000 young people, has also made a number of recommendations to help stem the tide of youth emigration and to support young Irish emigrants both before they leave and in preparation for when they return.
     

    Meeting with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs today to discuss the impact of emigration on young people, the NYCI welcomed the Tánaiste’s commitment to reviewing the Global Diaspora Policy.  Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer said: “We believe such a policy has the potential to respond to the changing needs of both young and older Irish emigrants and our Diaspora throughout the world. It requires, however, the support and commitment of all political parties and sufficient resources to ensure it is fully implemented.”

     

    “The recommendations contained in NYCI’s research report are informed by the experience of young Irish people who have emigrated in the last 2 years. It is important that we listen to them, learn from their experience and take on board their advice in relation to meeting the needs of the current wave of Irish emigrants,” continued Ms McAleer.

    The key recommendations in the NYCI report Time to Go? A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Experience & Impact of Emigration on Ireland’s Youth include:

    • Appointing a Minister with responsibility for responding to and connecting with the Irish abroad.
    • Developing and adopting a new strategic approach to meet the needs of young Irish emigrants.
    • Centralised and on-going data collection on emigrants.

    Commenting on the NYCI report Time to go? Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen, TD said:
    “This is a balanced study, detailing both the positive and negative impacts of emigration on the young people surveyed.  It provides an insight into the opportunities and difficulties faced by young emigrants in Canada, the UK and beyond. A particular focus for our Committee […] will be to assess what policy responses are required to support young emigrants while abroad.”

    The NYCI report on youth emigration ‘Time to Go?’ is available here: http://www.youth.ie/youth_emigration

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    Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or communications@nyci.ie

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland

    The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 54 voluntary youth organisations working with 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

    NYCI Youth Emigration Report ‘Time to Go?’ (2013)

    Full report ‘Time to Go?’ available here (PDF): http://www.youth.ie/youth_emigration

    • December 5, 2013 - 1:30pm

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is hosting the graduation ceremony for the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare today (05.12.13) in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 3:30 pm.

    Representatives from a range of national organisations working with young people including Scouting Ireland, Foroige, the FAI and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be awarded the Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare. The certificate, accredited by NUI Maynooth and delivered in partnership with the NYCI Child Protection programme, is first of its kind in Ireland.

    Speaking in advance of the event guest of honour Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said:
    “Protecting children is a community effort and everybody working with or in contact with children has a duty to ensure best practice in child protection, in accordance with the Children First. I wish to commend the National Youth Council of Ireland for their ongoing leadership in promoting the highest standards of child protection in youth work services including through the training programme we are recognising today."

    Mary Cunningham, NYCI director said:
    “With over 380,000 young people participating in youth work it is vital that we stay at the forefront when it comes to child protection. The youth work sector has long led the way in this regard, and today’s group of graduates is further testament to the sector’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of child protection.”

    ENDS

    For further information, contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on

    087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or communications@nyci.ie

     

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland

    NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
    www.youth.ie

    The National Youth Council of Ireland’s Child Protection Programme (CPP) was established in 2004. This programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The purpose of NYCI’s Child Protection Programme is to build the capacity of youth organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people. 

    Event details:

    What: Graduation Ceremony of the NUIM Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare
    On: Thursday 5th of December 2013 at 3.15pm
    In: the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
    Guest of Honour: Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs 
    Graduands from: SVP, FAI, Foroige, Irish Girl Guides and a range of national youth organisations

    Running Order:
     

    3.30pm            Opening and welcome
    Mary Cunningham, Director, NYCI    

    3.35                 Background to the Certificate
    Olive Ring, Child Protection Manager, NYCI

    3.45pm            Role of NUI Maynooth
    Anastasia Crickley, Head of Dept of Applied Social Studies, NUIM

    3.50                 Student perspective
    Eimear O’Connor (Foroige) and Vincent O’Flaherty (FAI)

    4.00                 Ministerial Address
    Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

    4.15                 Presentation of Certificates

    4.45                 Close of ceremony
    Refreshments

     

    • November 26, 2013 - 3:00pm

    Reaction to CSO figures:

    • Youth Council welcomes increase in employment
    • Calls for fully funded youth guarantee to assist young jobseekers
    • Emigration still an issue

    New CSO figures showing an increase in employment levels of 58,000 or 3.2% over the past year have been welcomed today (26.11.13) by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), but the organisation has warned that this further highlights the need for a fully funded youth guarantee to assist young jobseekers into work.
     
    Reacting to the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey* figures released today James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said that this evidence of job growth is good news for young jobseekers who, given the appropriate supports and skills, now have a better - if still challenging - chance of getting work.

    “With continued signs of an upswing in employment it’s now vital to support young people with quality education, training and apprenticeship opportunities so they have the skills to get the jobs becoming available. There is a danger that without this support these young people and, in particular, the almost 28,000 young people unemployed for one year or more, will be left behind,” warned Mr Doorley.

     
    “These figures strengthen the case for a fully funded and comprehensive youth guarantee, as we need to ensure young people are job ready as more jobs, especially at entry level are created,” continued Mr Doorley.
     
    Continued emigration

    However, the Youth Council also highlighted that the CSO figures indicate that emigration continues to act as a safety-valve, with reductions in unemployment partly attributed to the number of young people leaving Ireland. According to Mr Doorley: “there is evidence of continued emigration in the figures, with a fall in employment among those aged 25-34 by 9,200 or by 1.8%.”
     

    ENDS

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

     

    Notes to Editors:

    * CSO: Quarterly National Household Survey (Quarter 3 2013), released 26.11.13:

    http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/labourma...

     

    NYCI Infographic Factsheet : Youth Guarantee

    http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI_051_A4_accessible.pdf

    National Youth Council of Ireland

    NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
    www.youth.ie

    • November 20, 2013 - 10:00am

    One World Week – ‘The World Young People Want’

    Young people gather in Dublin city centre today (20.11.13) to celebrate the launch of One World Week 2013, a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues organised each year by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).

     

    This year One World Week runs from November 16th to 24th. It invites groups to respond in their own way to the question ‘what world do young people want’? Youth groups all over Ireland run activities, public events, quizzes and debates, invite guest speakers, have intercultural evenings or express themselves through drama, art and music.

     

    Officially opening the event Joe Costello, TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development said:
    “I am delighted to launch One World Week. Educating young people on the importance of development issues is a vital part of Irish Aid’s efforts to tackle poverty and injustice, to promote peace and democracy and to safeguard human rights.

     

    “This is borne out in our new policy for international development, One World, One Future, which expresses Ireland’s vision of a sustainable and just world and outlines how development education provides a unique opportunity for Irish people to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.”

    Also speaking at the launch Mary Cunningham, NYCI director, said:

    Despite the current recession, young people continue to show a deep commitment to action in solidarity with other young people around the world.  They are increasingly aware of global issues such as recession, trade and relations between countries, and how they impact on young people’s lives and opportunities.

    “Today’s event is a powerful showcase of the innovative ways in which young people are tackling this important issue and working constructively towards the ‘world young people want’” continued Ms Cunningham.

     

    A visual representation of the most common responses sent by young people to the NYCI to the question ‘what world do young people want’ has been installed in a prominent Dublin City Centre location, at the entrance to Dublin Castle, on Castle Street, Dublin 2.

    The launch date was chosen to coincide with Universal Children’s Day, which marks the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Find out more at www.oneworldweek.ie

    ENDS

    For further information contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail communications@nyci.ie

     

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland

    The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 55 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie

     

    One World Week

    One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year in November and coincides with the Council of Europe Global Education Week and Universal Children’s Day. This week One World Week takes place from Sat, November 12th to Sat, November 19th. www.oneworldweek.ie
     

    Groups taking part in the event include:

    • Celtic Youth Bray

    • Crosscare

    • Ballyfermot Youth Services

    • ECO-UNESCO, Dublin

    • YMCA

    • Manor St John Youth Service, Waterford

    • Swan Youth Service, Dublin

    • The Snakes Drumming Group, Mayo
       

    NYCI is a signatory of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

    • November 6, 2013 - 10:30am

    Meeting with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection today, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will highlight that urgent implementation and sufficient resourcing are vital to a meaningful Youth Guarantee.

    Speaking in advance of the meeting James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said:

    “We welcome the opportunity to discuss the Youth Guarantee, which proposes to ensure young people receive a quality offer of employment education or training within four months of becoming unemployed. There is broad agreement on the need for a Youth Guarantee, but it’s time to move from discussion to action. It is vital that the focus now is on swift implementation supported by sufficient resourcing to ensure we introduce a meaningful Youth Guarantee.”

     

    Vital to get this right from the start

    “We cannot afford to raise young people’s hopes and then dash them with empty promises. The word “guarantee” has a currency. The youth guarantee has been presented as a new departure; we have to deliver the quality places and progression for young jobseekers. Let’s strive to make the Irish Youth Guarantee ‘the best youth guarantee in Europe’” continued Mr Doorley.

     

    Significant Investment required

    “Based on the Swedish model we estimate that delivering the youth guarantee to all those on the live register for 6 months or more would cost approximately €273 million. A comprehensive guarantee cannot be done on the cheap. The €14 million ‘initial allocation’ announced in the budget is welcome, but nowhere near sufficient. Moreover, evidence from Sweden shows investment pays off within one year,” added Mr Doorley.

     

    Focus should be on most disadvantaged young people
    “We need to focus in particular on the most disadvantaged young people who have limited qualifications and are long term unemployed. Recent figures show that up to 27,800 young people were on the live register for one year or more. There is a danger that this group will be left behind if specific measures are not implemented. Evidence from Sweden and Finland suggests a Youth Guarantee may be less successful with this cohort.”

     

    Mr Doorley concluded:

    “The Government is currently developing a Youth Guarantee plan which has to be submitted to the European Commission by the end of the year so Ireland can access EU funds. Therefore it is vital that we have a full debate on how best to achieve  rapid implementation, while ensuring that it is sufficiently resourced to provide quality opportunities for those that need them most.”

     

    ENDS

    Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or communications@nyci.ie

    Notes to Editors:

    National Youth Council of Ireland
    NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
    www.youth.ie

    • October 24, 2013 - 3:45pm

    The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the umbrella body that represents youth organisations, has broadly welcomes the set of decisions made today (24.10.13), to tackle alcohol misuse in Ireland.

    The decisions arise out of the February 2012 recommendations of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Group of which the NYCI was a member. The organisation warns, however, that as many plans and decisions have been announced previously, the key focus now should be swift and rapid implementation.

     

    Minimum unit pricing

    Reacting to the measures announced, James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “The decision to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol - which has been successful in reducing alcohol misuse in Canada - is welcome and the decision to move forward on this on an all-island basis is positive. The Scottish Government have already decided to move forward and it’s positive to hear that initial legal challenges from the drinks industry have been unsuccessful. Removing very cheap alcohol from the market will reduce the amount of harmful drinking among young people.”

     

    Alcohol advertising and marketing
    “We welcome the decisions to legislate and regulate advertising and marketing as it plays a significant role in encouraging young people to drink at an earlier age, to drink more and drink more frequently. We need to regulate and reduce the amount of advertising and marketing that children and young people are exposed to. We welcome the news that the ‘voluntary’ drinks industry led codes are to be scrapped as this was effectively the drinks industry regulating itself. A real danger is that the drinks industry will further shift their advertising and marketing campaigns online and the decisions announced today are silent on that,” continued Mr Doorley.

     

    Structural separation of alcohol products
    “We welcome the decision on the structural separation of alcohol products from other products in mixed retail outlets. The existing ‘responsible retail’ code was voluntary, drawn up by retailers, full of holes and exceptions and largely self policed. NYCI believes we need to move towards full structural separation of alcohol in mixed trading outlets as provided for in Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008,” stated Mr Doorley.

     

    Sponsorship of sport
    We are disappointed that action on drinks industry sponsorship of sport has been referred to yet another working group and no action is being taken. NYCI participated in the previous working group on sports sponsorship that reported in 2010 and it is unlikely that the new group will discover anything which the previous groups and reports on this didn’t,” said Mr Doorley.

     

    “We note that Minister Reilly stated at the press conference that if Government waited to produce the perfect report, no decisions would ever have been made. While we are disappointed that some of the recommendations of the National Substance Misuse Group have been abandoned or watered down, overall we think there is enough in what was announced today to impact on alcohol misuse and alcohol related harm among children and young people. The key issue now is to move from decisions and rhetoric to action and implementation,” concluded Mr Doorley.

     

    ENDS

    CONTACT: Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or communications@nyci.ie


    Notes to the editor

    About National Youth Council of Ireland
    NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
    www.youth.ie