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

March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • 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.

An integrated approach to youth mental health

March 10, 2015 - 11:00am

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 >>

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

March 4, 2015 - 2:15pm

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.

JobBridge in need of review and reform, despite positive elements, Youth Council report finds

February 24, 2015 - 11:30am

57% satisfied with their internship but only 27% secure full time employment

Internships have a role to play, but only if properly structured and controlled. The JobBridge scheme requires significant reform to enhance the experience of participants and increase progression into secure employment.

No referendum on voting age: Youth Council expresses disappointment but says campaign will go on

January 15, 2015 - 1:15pm

Voting age can still be extended to 16 and 17 year olds in local and European elections, without referendum

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today (15.01.15) expressed disappointment at a Government announcement that it will not proceed with a referendum on the voting age, as recommended by the constitutional convention.

Tackling sexism online discussed at major conference in Dublin Castle

November 17, 2014 - 3:15pm

We need to shine a spotlight on the presence and nature of online sexism, conference told

- NYCI Annual Conference: Been there, done that… where’s the T-shirt? A Conference on Gender in Youth Work -

Sexism online, body image, sexuality and other gender related issues are still live issues, and those working with young people need to be supported to tackle them. That was the message emerging from Been there, done that… where’s the T-shirt? A Conference on Gender in Youth Work, which took place in Dublin Castle today (17.11.14).


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