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8 Feb 2016 - 13:15

Youth Council urges young people to register in time for General Election

  • 59,000 young people in Ireland have turned 18 since last year and will have right to vote
  • Deadline for supplementary register tomorrow 9th February

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is making a final call on young people nationwide to make sure they are registered to vote, given that a General Election is just weeks away. The deadline for inclusion on the supplementary register is the 9th of February.  

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are especially anxious to ensure that the 59,000* young people who have turned 18 in the last 12 months are included in the electoral register and can exercise their democratic right.”

1 Feb 2016 - 12:15

Up to 460,000* young people aged 18 to 25 could make crucial difference in election
Potential Thursday vote risks excluding many

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has today (01.02.16) called on Government to ensure the general election is held on a Friday.
“There are up to 460,000 young people entitled to vote. A Friday vote would facilitate the large numbers that are away from home, at college or for training or work, to return to vote,” said Ian Power, President of the National Youth Council of Ireland. 

9 Dec 2015 - 17:45

NYCI primarily concerned with impact of alcohol misuse and harm on children and young people under 18 years – bill, if enacted, will address advertising and marketing of drink, cheap price and availability which impact most on young.

Concern at lack of measures to deal with digital marketing.

8 Dec 2015 - 11:00
Campaign Groups Call for an End to Poverty among Children and Young People
Joint Plan calls for the number of children and young people living in poverty to be halved within 5 years, eliminated within 10 years.
National campaign groups with a membership base of 200 organisations across Ireland have today (8/12) come together to launch a plan of action setting out the essential steps for the next Government to lay the foundations for an end to child and youth poverty.
2 Dec 2015 - 10:00
  • 460,000 young voters: more young voters registered, mobilised and energised than any time in last 20 years

  • Quality employment, youth work funding and career guidance key issues

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – is calling on all candidates and parties to engage with young people and youth issues in the upcoming General Election. There are up to 460,000 young people aged 18 to 25 years eligible to vote, and Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe with the number of 10 to 24 year olds set to increase by 13% over the next 5 years.

19 Nov 2015 - 15:00

“Change the World” Youth Summit on the Global Sustainable Development Goals

Ireland must embrace the new Global Goals for sustainable development, and young people have a vital role in making this happen. That’s according to young people attending the “Change the World” Youth Summit. Almost 500 young people from around Ireland met at the Youth Summit in the RDS, Dublin today (19.11.15) to work with business, politics and global development organisations to look at implementation of the Global Goals for Development here in Ireland. 

4 Nov 2015 - 13:45

Urges Government to step up pace of implementation of scheme to provide education, training or work experience to those unemployed for over 4 months


5,000 fewer places than promised

In a meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection today (04.11.15), the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will call on Government to step up the pace and scale of implementation of the Youth Guarantee initiative. It will also restate the need for review and reform of the JobBridge scheme.

13 Oct 2015 - 18:30

Young jobseekers: extreme disappointment that cuts not reversed

Increase in funding for youth services welcomed

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents youth groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has expressed disappointment that the Government has failed to reverse the deep cuts to jobseekers allowance for those under 26 in Budget 2016. 

Ian Power, NYCI President said: “We welcome the decline in youth unemployment in recent years, however, that drop has stalled in recent months and we still have 40,000 young people on the live register with over 18,000 unemployed for one year or more. 

12 Oct 2015 - 15:15

•    Every €1 invested in youth work - economic benefit to State is €2.20
•    Investment is not only socially just, but economically prudent
•    Youth population to grow 13%
•    40,000 volunteers need support

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has called on Government to invest in young people and youth work services in Budget 2016. The council represents youth organisations that are active in almost every community, reaching over 383,000 young people. 

9 Oct 2015 - 13:00

New figures show 18,481 long-term unemployed young people.
New ILO report confirms youth unemployment still double pre-crisis rate.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed concern at the high youth unemployment rate of 20.6%* and the latest figures showing that over 18,000 young people are long-term unemployed.

The Youth Council – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has called on Government to tackle youth unemployment in next Tuesday’s budget.