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Youth Council welcomes Yes vote in same-sex marriage referendum

Youth vote decisive factor in result
With tallies indicating that the referendum has passed, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum. The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations whose 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. 

Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said: “We are delighted to have been in a position to support the achievement of a resounding Yes vote in yesterday’s referendum, which all the early indications suggest it will be.

“It was heartening to see the high turn out yesterday, and to see a new generation of young voters make a decisive difference in an historic referendum. It represents a victory not only for the Yes side, but also for Irish society, Irish democracy, and the young people of Ireland.”

“This referendum touched upon the lives of so many that we work with. It was about equality for LGBT young people, volunteers and staff in youth organisations. This result sends a strong message to young people across Ireland that they are valued equally; and that we want to promote respect and eliminate homophobia.”

The NYCI worked as part of a coalition of young people’s organisations including the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance and Pavee Point to call for a Yes vote. The campaign was coordinated by NYCI member BeLongTo, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people.

Youth vote decisive

“A key part of this referendum was getting out the vote,” continued Ms Cunningham.

“The past few months have seen over 100,000 people – primarily young people, students, and first time voters – making the effort to ensure that their voices were heard yesterday. More than 60,000 people were added to the supplementary register in advance of the May 5th deadline and it was very welcome to see so many of these turn out on the day. Moreover, many NYCI members, including Spunout and BelongTo, as well as the USI and other youth and community organisations ran youth and student-focussed voter registration drives resulting in up to 40,000 new voters being added to the electoral register in November last year,”

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) confirmed its support for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum following a ballot of its members.

Presidential age

The youth council also expressed disappointment at the outcome of the president age referendum, but noted that the result was due, in part, to a failure on the Government’s side to explain or promote the issue.


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For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer 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. www.youth.ie

 

*According to the articles of association (constitution) of NYCI any recommendation in a referendum has to be approved by a 2/3  vote of member organisations.

 

**Youth Sector: 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. Source: Assessment of the Economic Value of Youthwork: http://www.youth.ie/economic_value

 

BeLonG To YES campaign  The key message of the BeLonG To YES campaign  involves leading youth and children’s organisations calling on parents and young people to support a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum.  The coalition of organisations involved includes the NYCI, ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point and EPIC, as well as BeLonG To. 

Youth vote will be key to referendums

Youth groups urge 400,000 18-25 year olds to vote

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (21.05.15) called on young people to make sure they use their vote in tomorrow’s referendums.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “Up to 400,000 young people aged 18-25 have the right to vote tomorrow. The high numbers registered recently are an indication of the level of interest in this referendum.

“The past few months have seen over 100,000 people – primarily young people, students, and first time voters – making the effort to ensure that their voices are heard on 22 May. More than 60,000 people were added to the supplementary register in advance of the May 5th deadline. Moreover, many NYCI members, including Spunout and BelongTo, as well as the USI and other youth and community organisations ran youth and student-focussed voter registration drives resulting in up to 40,000 new voters being added to the electoral register in November last year.

“We strongly encourage young people to go out and vote in tomorrow’s referendums. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country,” concluded Mr Doorley.

First-time voters: what you need to know
The Youth Council is also making instructions available to first time voters on youth.ie/vote letting them know what they need, and what to expect when they get to the polling station.

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Contact Daniel Meister (NYCI Communications Manager) 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or 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.

21.5% youth unemployment still far too high

Youth Council reaction to CSO Quarterly Household Survey

- Calls for Government to step up implementation of Youth Guarantee -

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has issued a reminder that at 21.5% youth unemployment is still far too high.

New figures released today (21.05.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the unemployment rate for those aged under 25 stands at 21.5% for the first quarter of 2015.* This represents an increase of more than 1% compared to the last quarter of 2014 when the youth unemployment rate was 20.3%.**

Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “We should take these figures as a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment. The most recent figures show that there are 17,723 young people signing on the live register for 12 months or more. ***

 “In particular, we are calling on Government to step up implementation of the Youth Guarantee, which is designed to ensure that any young person unemployed for four months or more is guaranteed a quality education, training or work experience place.”


The youth council has actively campaigned on the issue of youth unemployment for a number of years, in February the organisation launched a report on JobBridge entitled ‘Stepping Stone or Dead End’ which calls for reform of the scheme. The report is available at www.youth.ie/JobBridge

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Contact Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or communications@nyci.ie

 

Notes to Editors:

Sources:

*CSO statistical release, 21 May 2015, 11am Quarterly National Household Survey ,Quarter 1 2015:
www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/qnhs/quarterlynationalhouseholdsurveyquarter42014/#.VV3sAkZ2Z-y

**CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, 25 February 2015 (Quarter 4 2014): http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/qnhs/quarterlynationalhouseholdsurveyquarter42014/#.VPb5XuG2rGx

*** https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-03-24a.143&s=%2236+months%22+section%3Awrans#g145.q


About 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.
www.youth.ie

With almost 6,000 ballot boxes natiowide: every vote will count

One vote in each ballot box enough to change the outcome of referendum

- divorce referendum was carried by 9,114 votes -

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has issued a reminder of the importance of each vote cast next Friday.  The group is also encouraging young people to get to the polls and ensure they cast their ballot. The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations with 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers who work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We have compiled the figures from local authorities which indicate that there are 5,866 ballot boxes nationwide. This means that one vote in each ballot box could conceivably be enough to change the outcome of the referendum.

“The divorce referendum, for example, was carried by 9,114 votes. If just one voter in each ballot box across the country had voted no rather than yes, then the referendum would have been defeated,” continued Mr Doorley.

Voters – not opinion polls – decide result
“Although some polls may appear to indicate the result is a foregone conclusion, the result will be decided by those who turn out, not by opinion polls. Given the importance of each and every vote, it really is vital that people do get out and vote on the day.

“There are almost 400,000 18 to 25 year olds in Ireland. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging this age group in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday the 22nd of May,” concluded Mr Doorley.

First-time voters: what you need to know
The Youth Council is also making instructions available to first time voters on www.youth.ie/vote letting them know what they need, and what to expect when they get to the polling station.


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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.
 

 

Youth Council calls for Yes vote in Marriage Equality referendum

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has confirmed its support for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum following a ballot of its members.* The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations whose 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. 

The NYCI has added its voice to a coalition of organisations including the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance and Pavee Point to call for a Yes vote. The campaign is coordinated by NYCI member BeLongTo, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people.

James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “We now look forward to doing everything we can to support the achievement of a yes vote on May 22nd.

“This is about equality for LGBT young people, volunteers and staff in youth organisations. The referendum is an opportunity to send a strong message to young people across Ireland that they are valued equally; and that we want to promote respect and reduce homophobia.

“A key part of this referendum will be getting out the vote. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging 18 to 25 year olds in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday the 22nd of May,” added Mr Doorley.

Securing Equality for LGBT Young People

Also commenting, Michael Barron, Founding Director of BeLonG To, said: “Securing marriage equality is hugely important for LGBT young people, in particular. Too many LGBT young people experience difficult times growing up and know they don’t enjoy equal rights.  If marriage equality is not passed, we reconfirm to them that their all too common experiences of homophobic bullying and rejection are acceptable in Ireland.  This would be a devastating outcome. This is why we have all come together to call for a Yes to equality vote. We ask youth services to support young people to talk about the importance of this referendum. It's so important that they are empowered to bring their friends and families with them on this journey to equality.” 

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For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer 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.
www.youth.ie

 

*According to the articles of association (constitution) of NYCI any recommendation in a referendum has to be approved by a 2/3  vote of member organisations.

 

**Youth Sector: 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. Source: Assessment of the Economic Value of Youthwork: http://www.youth.ie/economic_value

 

BeLonG To YES campaign 
The key message of the BeLonG To YES campaign  involves leading youth and children’s organisations calling on parents and young people to support a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum.  The coalition of organisations involved includes the NYCI, ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point and EPIC, as well as BeLonG To. 

 

Up to 120,000 young people not registered to vote, with days to deadline for upcoming referendums

Dublin 33,213; Cork 13,589; Galway 6,862; Limerick 5,632; Waterford 2,972

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is urging young people to make sure they have registered to vote in time for the upcoming referendums on May 22nd. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 5th.

A RedC/NYCI poll last autumn found that up to 30% of 18-25 year olds were not on the electoral register.* Based on the most recent data from the Central Statistics Office that would mean up to 120,029** young people in the state risk missing out on being able to vote. Dublin City and County has a potential 33,213 non-registered young voters in total while the figures for other areas include: Cork City and County 13,589, Galway City and County 6,862; Limerick City and County 5,632; and Waterford City and County 2,972.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We know from our work with young people that the vast majority of them want to vote but are not aware they have to register to vote or only become aware after the deadline for inclusion in the supplementary register. This is particularly an issue for young people who turned 18 and became eligible to vote since the local and European elections in 2014.”

“We know that some local authorities have undertaken campaigns in the media and through house to house visits to ensure as many young people as possible are registered. Likewise, many youth and community organisations have run registration drives to increase the number of young people on the electoral register since our poll last year,” continued Mr Doorley.

Any young person who is 18 years of age on or before the 22nd of May is eligible to vote. If they are not currently registered, they can do so by downloading and filling in the RFA2 form at www.checktheregister.ie. This form must be brought to and stamped at a Garda Station where the applicant is required to bring ID and returned to the local authority before close of business on Tuesday May 5th next.

“With the upcoming bank holiday weekend the latest day for posting the form is effectively Friday 1st May 2015. We strongly encourage young people to register and to go out and vote in the upcoming referendums. It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country,” concluded Mr Doorley.

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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.

Sources:
* NYCI BRIEFING PAPER 1: VOTER PARTICIPATION - key data from RedC/NYCI national survey on young people: http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI%20Briefing%20Paper%20on%20Voter%20Participation_DM.pdf


**Rationale for data:

Figure is based on the number of young people now aged 18-25 from the 2011 Census, updated to 2015 and taking into account estimates of population change provided by the CSO:

Population estimates for 2014: http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/Define.asp?maintable=PEA11&PLanguage=0

Population figures on a county basis from Census 2011:

http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/Define.asp?maintable=CD207&PLanguage=0

 

Who can vote in a referendum?  

The CSO gives a breakdown of overall number of persons in a given area, however only Irish citizens are eligible to vote in a referendum. There is no data on the number of Irish citizens and those who are not, but we estimate the vast majority of young people aged 18-25 are Irish citizens and would be eligible to vote in a referendum. For more details see

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/government_in_ireland/elections_and_referenda/referenda/voting_in_a_referendum.html

 

CSO Live Register: Youth Council reaction to latest figures

Decrease in number signing on welcome but almost 15,000 young people long-term unemployed still far too high.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today voiced concern at the number of long term unemployed aged under 25. New figures released today (04.03.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in April 2015 was 45,857. This represents a decrease of 1,201 compared to the March 2015 figure of 47,058.*

Concern at long term unemployed young people

However, commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “While we welcome the reduction in young people signing on, we should all be concerned at the high number of long-term unemployed young people. The data from the CSO indicate that 14,769 young people under 25 have been on the Live Register for one year or more.**

“Policy measures need to focus primarily on this group, to support them into a quality education, training or work experience that leads to sustainable and decent employment.”

Renewed calls to step up implementation of Youth Guarantee

“We should take these figures as a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment. In particular, we are renewing calls on Government to step up implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme, which is designed to ensure that any young person unemployed for four months or more is guaranteed a quality education, training or work experience place, ” concluded Mr Doorley.

The Youth Council has actively campaigned on the issue of youth unemployment for a number of years, and recently published a report on JobBridge entitled ‘Stepping Stone or Dead End’ which calls for reform of the programme. The report is available at www.youth.ie/JobBridge

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Contact Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or communications@nyci.ie

Notes to Editors:

Sources:

* Live Register: CSO statistical release, 29 April 2015, 11am:
http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/lr/liveregisterapril2015/#.VUCs25NRJKg


** Live Register: CSO statistical release, 29 April 2015, 11am (Table 7):
http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/lr/liveregisterapril2015/#.VUCs25NRJKg

See also higher figure quoted in:
Dail Debates -  Written answers, Tuesday, 24 March 2015: Under 25 year old recipients of jobseeker's allowance by duration and county February 2015:

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-03-24a.143&s=%2224+months+%22+section%3Awrans#g145.q

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).  Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest estimated number of persons unemployed as of the fourth quarter of 2014 was 213,600. (Source: CSO)

About 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.
www.youth.ie

Alcohol legislation: Time’s up on cheap drink, unregulated advertising and unrestricted availability

  • Draft legislation welcome, but needs to be strengthened
  • Vested interests of Drinks Industry have no place in development of alcohol policy

In a presentation today to the Joint Oireachtas Health and Children Committee on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) broadly welcomed the legislation, while outlining some concerns and measures which need to be strengthened and clarified as the bill goes through the legislative process.

Concern at impact of alcohol related harm on children and young people
Speaking at the hearing James Doorley, Deputy Director, National Youth Council of Ireland said: “Ireland faces significant social problems with alcohol related harm. We are concerned that children and young people under 18 are beginning to start drinking at a younger age, are drinking greater volumes of alcohol and drinking more frequently, with all the associated negative consequences. We are also concerned about the impact of alcohol related harm on children and young people in households where there is alcohol misuse by parents or family members.

 

“When alcohol is widely available in supermarkets and convenience stores, is sold at pocket-money prices with sophisticated and pervasive advertising and marketing we shouldn’t be surprised at the current consumption patterns and subsequent problems.”

 

Broad welcome for efforts to tackle price, promotion and availability of alcohol products

Mr Doorley explained that for too long successive Governments have set up committees, drafted reports and made recommendations without following through with action: “NYCI was represented on the National Substance Misuse Strategy Group which drew up the recommendations which this legislation is based on, and we welcome the introduction of this draft bill which does address some of the key issues such as price, promotion and availability of alcohol products.

 

“We strongly support the introduction of minimum pricing, as the international evidence clearly indicates that this is an effective means of reducing alcohol consumption among children and young people. Children and young people under 18 years are “price sensitive” and therefore this measure will ensure they will purchase and consume less alcohol and drink less frequently which will reduce both the short and long term negative consequences. We outlined to the committee that minimum price must be set at a level which is effective and must be reviewed on a regular basis.”


Alcohol advertising: 9pm watershed

In relation to alcohol advertising and marketing, NYCI outlined to the committee that the evidence is very strong regarding the impact and role of advertising and marketing on young people’s attitude to drinking and their drinking behaviour. The organsation also noted that the public also favour action in this area. A Eurobarometer report from 2010 found that 81% of Irish people were in favour ‘of banning alcohol advertising targeting young people’.[1]

 

Mr Doorley said: “We welcome a number of the proposals to better regulate alcohol advertising and marketing, however, we are disappointed that the draft legislation to date ignores the recommendations of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Group which proposed a 9pm watershed for alcohol advertising on TV and a ban on outdoor advertising of drinks products. We will be calling for these measures to be included in the bill.”

 

Alcohol not an ordinary product – shouldn’t be on the shelf beside bread and milk
“We also welcome the proposal to commence Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 and move towards the structural separation of alcohol products from ordinary products in supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations as there has been a huge increase in the availability of drink which contributes to alcohol related harm among young people,” continued Mr Doorley.

Vested interests of Drinks Industry have no place in development of alcohol policy

“This draft legislation is a step in the right direction, although we will be calling for some of the proposals, especially in the area of advertising, to be strengthened. For too long alcohol policy in Ireland was dictated by the vested interests of the drinks industry. This legislation, if strengthened as we will outline today, provides the Oireachtas with the opportunity to prioritise the public health of all, especially of children and young people and address and reduce alcohol related harm in Ireland,” concluded Mr Doorley.

 

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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 voluntary youth organisations working with 380,000 young people, and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

 

[1] http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_331_en.pdf Page 69

 

An integrated approach to youth mental health

Irish Times: 'National youth health programme promotes joined-up approach to mental health'

The Irish Times HealthPlus supplement published an excellent piece on the NYCI Health Quality Mark (HQM) today. It features the work of Gold HQM awardees Sligo community training centre (CTC) and Swan Youth Service, Dublin.

To read the article see the Irish Times website here >>

To find out more about the HQM and other NYCI National Youth Health Programme initiatives see youthhealth.ie

 

Live register: small decrease in number signing on welcome but 20.3% youth unemployment still far too high

Calls for Government to step up implementation of Youth Guarantee

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today issued a reminder that at 20.3%* youth unemployment is still far too high.

New figures released today (04.03.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in February 2015 was 48,524. This represents a decrease of 765 compared to the January 2015 figure of 49,289.

Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “While we welcome the small reduction in young people signing on, it is important to remember that the live register figures are not a measure of unemployment. Unemployment is measured by the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, and the latest data from the CSO here shows that youth unemployment remains stubbornly high at over 20%.

 

“We should take these recent figures as a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment. In particular, we are calling on Government to step up implementation of the Youth Guarantee, which is designed to ensure that any young person unemployed for four months or more is guaranteed a quality education, training or work experience place, ” concluded Mr Doorley.


The youth council has actively campaigned on the issue of youth unemployment for a number of years, and last week launched a report on JobBridge entitled ‘Stepping Stone or Dead End’ which calls for reform of the scheme. The report is available at www.youth.ie/JobBridge

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Contact Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or communications@nyci.ie

 

Notes to Editors:

Sources:

*CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, 25 February 2015 (Quarter 4 2014): http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/qnhs/quarterlynationalhouseholdsurveyquarter42014/#.VPb5XuG2rGx

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment.  It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).  Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest estimated number of persons unemployed as of the fourth quarter of 2014 was 213,600. (Source: CSO)

About 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.
www.youth.ie

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For press enquiries, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at the NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email communications@nyci.ie