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1 Jun 2017 - 15:00

Slight increase in line with seasonal trends but

> 11,000 young people long-term unemployed still far too high

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today highlighted concerns at the number of young people who are long term unemployed. New figures released today (01.06.17) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in May was 30,253.

9 May 2017 - 14:00

Where can I access youth mental health supports, services and training in my area? A new tool launched today aims to help users answer that very question. The Youth Mental Health Signposting Tool features information on over 100 organisations that provide an array of services and supports through online platforms, phone, and face-to-face engagement.​​​​​​​Developed by National Youth Health Programme, a partnership between NYCI, HSE and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

2 May 2017 - 11:45
  • New figures published in advance of Government's Global Civic Forum, taking place May 4th and 5th
  • Youth Council calls on Government to follow through on commitment to hold referendum on the issue
  • “Ireland out of step with many democracies in the world”
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