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Youth Council welcomes new Diaspora Policy

  • Vital that policy is fully resourced and implemented
  • Many elements organisation has called for included

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the publication of ‘Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’ launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs today (03.03.15).


Speaking at the launch, Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer congratulated the Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs and his officials for developing the policy, and highlighted that it was vitally important that it be fully resourced and implemented.

 

Ms McAleer said: “We welcome the publication of the new global diaspora policy and the initiatives it contains. We hope the new policy will serve to strengthen and enhance the relationship between Ireland and the current wave of young Irish emigrants, who have left in recent years.”

 

In May 2013, NYCI published Time to Go? a qualitative study exploring the experience and impact of emigration on young people who had recently emigrated from Ireland. The report contained 7 key policy recommendations for Government to consider in responding to the issue.

 

Ms McAleer welcomed the fact that the new Global Diaspora policy takes on board the concerns and policy recommendations of emigrants highlighted in the NYCI report Time to Go?


Ms McAleer explained: “This policy recognises the important role of the State in supporting and facilitating Irish emigrants before and after they leave Ireland. The measures contained in this new Global Diaspora policy, if fully resourced and implemented, have the potential to play a significant part in fostering greater links and connections with Irish emigrants throughout the world.”

 

NYCI’s research specifically recommended the creation of a Ministry to respond to the needs of Irish emigrants and to forge greater connections with the diaspora, and a new policy response to meet the needs of the new wave of young Irish emigrants from Ireland. Over the last 2 years, NYCI has been campaigning for Government to develop a cross-cutting, whole of Government policy response to meet the needs of the current wave of young Irish emigrants and to develop a strategy to facilitate, support and encourage emigrants to return to Ireland as jobs arise in the Irish labour market.


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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.


NYCI Report on Emigration Time to Go? available here: http://www.youth.ie/emigration_research

 

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

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.

That’s according to the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) report JobBridge: Stepping Stone or Dead End? launched today (24.02.15) in Dublin. The study explores the views and experiences of young people aged 18-25 who participated in the National Internship Scheme, JobBridge.

Speaking at today’s launch, author of the report James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “The scheme has been the subject of much political debate, public comment and press attention. However, we wanted to get behind the headlines and engage directly with the real experts , that is, the participants on the scheme themselves.”

The study provides data and analysis on young people’s experiences of JobBridge.  Some of the key figures reveal:

  • There have been 36,434 participants in scheme - of whom 10,125 were under 25 years of age (up to January 2015)
  • 376  host organisations have taken on 10 or more interns
  • 45% of the 65,686 JobBridge positions advertised have never been filled
  • Gaining work experience was the primary motivating factor for participation in the scheme
  • 41% stated they were treated like other team members by the host organisation during the internship, however 22% stated they were not
  • 57% indicated they were satisfied with their internship, with 31% dissatisfied
  • 100% dissatisfaction rating among those who stated they were compelled to participate by the Department of Social Protection
  • 45% would recommend JobBridge to another jobseeker, with 31% saying they would not
  • 68% stated that they agreed the scheme gave them valuable work experience
  • 44% agreed however that the internship was used for free labour
  • While 27% secured full time employment and 14% secured part time employment following their internship, 31% remained unemployed

Interview findings mixed
Interviews with participants on the scheme indicated that JobBridge had facilitated them to gain work experience, helped them get out of a rut and provided contacts and networking opportunities. However, the interviews also identified the difficulties many faced meeting the costs of the internship, the lack of mentoring provided, some evidence of abuse of the ‘cooling-off period’ and the lack of rights and lack of clarity on intern rights.

“The findings of this research are mixed, while a majority of participants were satisfied following participation, the research identified a number of deficiencies and a lack of quality. These range from poorly designed internships, inadequate mentoring, instances of unacceptable treatment of interns and lack of rights and clarity on rights. Other issues which emerged included insufficient monitoring, job displacement and inadequate income support. We are also concerned that only 27% secured full time employment,” explained Mr Doorley.

Recommendations
NYCI are making ten recommendations* to reform and revise the scheme. These include;

  • Undertaking an analysis to determine the real contribution of the scheme to employment and employability
  • Restricting the scheme to those host organisations and sectors where progression to employment is high
  • Reforming the current monitoring scheme by moving away from checklist approach and towards focus on quality of internships
  • Immediate action to close loopholes which are facilitating abuse of cooling off period and leading to job displacement
  • Doubling the existing top up payment from €50 to €100 per week
  • Calling on the Department of Social Protection to abandon proposals to introduce “First Steps” which is variant of JobBridge which would be mandatory for some young unemployed people

Higher standards needed as economy grows

“JobBridge is providing valuable work experience for some and supporting others into employment: overall, however, the scheme is lacking in quality. As the scheme is being operated by the state and funded by the taxpayer to the tune of €85m a year, we should demand and expect much higher standards and much better results.

“As the economy grows and employment recovers it is vital that we provide jobseekers quality work experience opportunities. It is also crucial that schemes such as JobBridge do not lead to job displacement and undermine the availability of the entry level jobs that many young people depend on to start their career. We must ensure that JobBridge is a stepping stone into employment and not just another dead end,” concluded Mr Doorley.

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


Notes to Editors:

  • About National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a member-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
 

  • Summary report of finding and recommendations (20pp) and complete report (110pp) available at:
    youth.ie/JobBridge
     
  • Twitter: @nycinews #nycireport #jobbridge
     
  • METHODOLOGY

The research underpinning this report consists of a quantitative online questionnaire, completed by 84 respondents who had participated in the JobBridge scheme; complemented by qualitative semistructured interviews with seven JobBridge participants.

The NYCI also commissioned Red C Poll on attitudes of youngpeople to JobBridge: On behalf of NYCI, Red C conducted 412 face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of young people aged 18-25 throughout Ireland from the 17th June to 6th July 2014.

More detail on methodology is available in the full report at youth.ie/JobBridge
 

  • *FULL LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS:

NYCI recommends that JobBridge should be reformed and revised to enhance the experience of participants, improve quality and increase progression into secure and sustainable employment.

1. Contribution to Employment               

An analysis of JobBridge should be undertaken with the inclusion of a control group to determine the actual contribution of scheme to employment and employability.        

2. Promoting Progression           

The scheme should only be open to host organisations and sectors of the economy that demonstrate high levels of progression to employment.     

3. Monitoring for Quality            

The current monitoring system should be reformed with a greater emphasis on quality. It should also incorporate feedback from interns and primarily be directed at host organisations and sectors with higher levels of dissatisfaction.      

4. Curtailing Abuse of Cooling Off           
The Department of Social Protection should enhance monitoring of compliance with the cooling off period to prevent job displacement.

5. Top Up-Payment        

The weekly top-up payment for all participants on the JobBridge scheme should be doubled to €100 a week.    

6. Charter of Rights for Interns

A Charter of Rights for Interns should be developed in consultation with former and current interns which outlines their rights in relation to issues such as time off, holiday period, expenses, rights when ill/injured, force majeure leave, insurance, mentoring and support, treatment by host organisations. This Charter should be put on a statutory basis by means of primary or secondary legislation.         

7. Mandatory Internships           

Participation in JobBridge should remain voluntary and the Department of Social Protection should ensure no young person is compelled to participate. Proposals from Government to introduce a mandatory variant of the scheme for 1,500 long term unemployed young people should be abandoned.

8. Advertising Internships          

Proposed internship advertisements should be subject to greater scrutiny and host organisations should be required to confirm that internship will largely match position advertised. Where significant changes are made this should only be done with agreement of both intern and host organisation and approval by Department of Social Protection.                

9. Mentoring    

A review of the mentoring process should be undertaken. The Department of Social Protection should organise workshops on mentoring to provide greater guidance and training on the role and duties of host organisations. Attendance at these workshops should be compulsory for persons appointed as mentors.

10. Support for Interns

The Department of Social Protection should organise regional or sectoral meetings/group engagements for interns to provide information and allow interns to seek advice/support on their placement. These meetings could also serve as a means to facilitate feedback from interns to improve the quality and monitoring of the scheme.              

 

Youth Council welcomes Children and Family Relationships Bill

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the publication today (19.02.15) of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which seeks to provide legal clarity for all families in terms of their parental rights and responsibilities. The organisation, which represents youth groups working with over 380,000 young people, said the Bill signalled  a long overdue modernisation of family law.Commenting on the publication of the Bill, Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said: “NYCI welcomes the Children and Family Relationships Bill, as it puts children at the centre of family law reform. We wish the Government well in the progression of this important legislative development for Ireland’s children and families.

“In particular, NYCI supports the inclusion of the key principle, and definition of ‘best interests of the child’ as the paramount consideration in the resolution of disputes concerning the guardianship, custody of and access to children.

“NYCI also welcomes the importance given to the voice of the child in the Bill and the provision for mechanisms to ascertain the views of the child.

“We look forward to the forthcoming scrutiny and debate of this wide ranging Bill and hope that this legislation will contribute towards Ireland becoming a more equal place for all children and families,” concluded Ms Cunningham.


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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.

Reaction to latest Live Register figures

1,361 more young people on live register
Rate of youth unemployment still at 21.6%

  • welcomes extension of JobsPlus scheme to young people 4 months unemployed
  • calls on Government to intensify efforts to highlight JobsPlus

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed disappointment at the increase in the number of young people on the live register. New figures released today (04.02.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in January 2015 was 49,289. This represents an increase of 1,361 compared to the December 2014 figure of 47,928.

Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “Youth unemployment year on year is going in the right direction but is still too high at 21.6%.* While seasonal factors may be at play with regard to some of the increase from December to January, it is a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment.”

Welcome changes to JobsPlus
The NYCI, which represents youth groups working with almost 380,000 young people nationally, welcomed the introduction of changes to JobsPlus which came into force on January 1st 2015. JobsPlus is an employer incentive which rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register, with cash payments of up to €10,000. Under the new rules young people can avail of the scheme earlier into their period of unemployment.

Mr Doorley explained: “The new rules for JobsPlus mean that any young jobseeker under 25 on the live register for 4 months or more can now qualify for this subsidy. This is an excellent incentive for employers to recruit young people. The changes are particularly welcome, given that only 357 young people had benefited up to November 2014.”**

The changes to the scheme were introduced as part of a package of measures in the Irish Youth Guarantee Plan published in January 2014. Mr Doorley highlighted the importance of ensuring both young people who are unemployed for 4 months or more and employers are aware of the new rules for JobsPlus.


“Unless the scheme is promoted it will have limited impact. NYCI will work to disseminate information among its members, but we also call on the Department of Social Protection intensify efforts to promote the scheme through their offices and employers to their members.”


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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:
* http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/6581668/3-30012015-AP-EN.pdf/9d4fbadd-d7ae-48f8-b071-672f3c4767dd December 2014

 

**Only 357 had been taken on as of November 2014: https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2014-12-16a.117&s=%22jobsplus+%22#g119.r

 
About 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



About JobsPlus
JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. This incentive replaces the Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption Scheme from 1 July 2013. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods. Eligible employers who recruit full-time employees on or after 1 July 2013 may apply for the incentive.

The Department of Social Protection pays the incentive to the employer monthly in arrears over a 2-year period. It provides 2 levels of regular cash payments:

  • A payment of €7,500 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months - see 'JobsPlus for young people' below
  • A payment of €10,000 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months

JobsPlus for young people
Since 1 January 2015, under the Youth Guarantee, the qualifying period for JobsPlus for jobseekers aged under 25 has been reduced to 4 months. It remains at 12 months for other jobseekers. Eligible young people will be given certification that they qualify for the JobsPlus subsidy and they can use this when applying for jobs.

Source: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/unemployment_and_redundancy/employment_support_schemes/jobsplus.html

 

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

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.

Commenting on the announcement James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director, said: “NYCI is very disappointed that the Government has reneged on its commitment to hold a referendum on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds by the end of 2015.

“In refusing to refer a decision of the Constitutional Convention to the people, they are denying the up to 120,000 sixteen and seventeen year olds the right to vote in the next General Election. As seen most recently in Scotland, the extension of the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds can energise and mobilise young people to engage with the democratic system,” continued Mr Doorley.  

Also reacting to the announcement Alex Fogarty (15), part of NYCI’s Vote at 16 campaign, said: “Young people who can leave school, work and pay taxes cannot understand why they shouldn’t have the right to vote and determine how and who runs our country. It is very disappointing that the Government is denying the existing electorate the right to decide this issue in a referendum. Despite suggestions of young voter apathy, the number of 18-25 year olds voting in the last General Election was in fact 62%, up 12% from 2002.”

Amend electoral law, fix broken registration system
NYCI have been campaigning on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds since 2009, and Mr Doorley explained that while this decision represents a setback, the campaign will continue.

“In the absence of a referendum, the Government could do two things to promote and support the participation of young people in the democratic system: they could amend electoral law to allow young people aged 16 and 17 to vote in local and European elections and secondly, they could in 2015 establish the long promised Electoral Commission and give it a strong mandate to reform the broken voter registration system and promote the participation of young people.

“Democracy delayed is democracy denied. Unless some action is taken the much lauded promise by this Government in 2011 of a democratic revolution will be dead,” concluded Mr Doorley

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

NYCI submission to Constitutional Convention available here:
https://www.constitution.ie/SubmissionDetails.aspx?sid=48e63276-bd5d-e211-a5a0-005056a32ee4

Youtube clip:
Young people explain some of the reasons for extending the voting age to 16 and 17 year olds in this animated youtube clip:
http://youtu.be/HoCD4a9ZM5o

Vote@16 Campaign website:
For further information on Vote@16 campaign see http://www.voteat16.ie/

What is the Constitutional Convention?

The Convention is a forum comprising of 100 people, representative of Irish society and parliamentarians from the island of Ireland, with an independent chairman.

The Convention has been established by Resolutions of the Houses of the Oireachtas. It has been asked to consider and make recommendations to the Oireachtas on a range of topics as possible future amendments to the Constitution.

 

 

RedC poll: 4 in 10 young people struggling to make ends meet as a result of dole cuts

1 in 4 unable to move out of home as a result of the cuts made to Jobseeker's Allowance

Youth Council calls on Government to restore weekly rate of €188 for all young people on education, training and work experience programmes

A new poll Red C poll* commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has found that almost 4 in 10 young people (54% in Dublin) are struggling to make ends meet as a result of welfare cuts, and that a majority disagree strongly with the cuts made to the Jobseeker's Allowance for young people in previous budgets.

Commenting on the figures James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director, said:

“The impact of recession has been particularly acute for young people in Ireland and especially for young people who are unemployed. This is reflected once again in our poll which shows that a large proportion of them are struggling to meet the costs of ordinary and everyday life.”

“We also are concerned that cuts in social welfare for young people in successive budgets have made it increasingly difficult for young people to afford to leave home and live independently, with 1 in 4 of those surveyed stating that they were unable to move out of the parental home as a result of the cuts made to Jobseeker's Allowance, while others have been driven into debt.

In its Pre-Budget Submission,** NYCI is calling on the Government to restore the adult rate of €188 per week for all young people participating on an education, training and work experience programme.

Mr Doorley explained: “Such a first step would serve to reduce the rates of poverty and social exclusion amongst young people and provide an additional financial incentive, particularly to the most disadvantaged young people to participate in education, training and work experience opportunities.


“The justification put forward for the the cuts in welfare was that they would incentivise young people to take up education, training and/or work experience opportunities. This argument is undermined by the fact that the various welfare payments and training allowances to young people under 25 have also been cut in recent Budgets.

“As a result of budget decisions, young people under 25 moving from welfare to education, training and work experience have had their allowances cut. The training allowance for young people participating on VTOS, Youthreach, Community Training Centre Programmes and other SOLAS training has been reduced from €188 per week to €160 per week. From January 2014, the payment to those participating on the Back to Education Allowance Programme has been cut to €160 per week and for JobBridge interns who were on €100 prior to participation they end up on a €150 per week while working a full 40 hour week.

 

“Ultimately, NYCI believes that the welfare rates for young people cut in successive budgets should be reversed as it is causing deprivation and hardship young people who are unemployed and that all citizens should be paid the same rate of jobseekers allowance irrespective of age” concluded Mr Doorley

Main findings of RedC survey:

  • 1 in 4 of respondents surveyed is currently receiving Jobseeker's Allowance.
  • Amongst respondents, there is strong disagreement with the cuts made to the Jobseeker's Allowance in previous budgets.
  • 67% of respondents strongly disagreed with the cuts to Jobseeker's Allowance introduced in the last Budget.
  • (39%) young people claim they are now struggling to make ends meet.
  • 1 in 4 stated that they were unable to move out of the parental home as a result of the cuts made to Jobseeker's Allowance.


ENDS//

CONTACT: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI communications@nyci.ie 087 781 4903

 

*FURTHER DATA AND ANALYSIS AVAILABLE IN NYCI/RED C POLL BRIEFING DOCUMENT HERE: http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI%20Briefing%20Paper_RedC_Jobseekers%27%20Allowance_Final.pdf


**NYCI Pre-Budget Submission 2015 ‘Fair and Just Recovery’ available here:
http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI%20Pre%20Budget%20Submission%202015%20Final.pdf


Notes to Editors:

Methodology:
Red C conducted 412 face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of young people aged 18-25 throughout Ireland from the 17th June to 6th July 2014. Of these 51% were female and 49% were male. 50% were classified as being from the ABC1 social demographic group, 48% were classed as belonging to the C2DE social demographic group and 2% in the F category. In terms of nationality 93% of the participants in the survey identified themselves as Irish. The margin of error in the results is +/- 4.9%.


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

 

 

Tackling sexism online discussed at major conference in Dublin Castle

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).

The event – organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – was opened by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, TD and explored themes including working with young men; media and body image; tackling sexism online; gender, transgender and sexuality, and global justice.

Sexism online common theme

Speaking at the event Anne Walsh of the NYCI, coordinator of the No Hate Movement in Ireland said: “Of the issues emerging from today’s conference, one cuts across all the other gender related topics up for discussion: sexism online. 

“We need to shine a spotlight on the presence and nature of online sexism, and the damage that it does to those - especially young women - who dare to use online spaces to voice opinions. And we need to explore how we can support young people to challenge it by speaking out against it.

 

“We have been looking at the insidious nature of sexism online - it being almost ever present, especially in gaming environments - but it is not challenged in the same ways that we (the No Hate Speech Movement) have been challenging Islamophobia, anti-Roma or anti-Traveller comments in online fora.”


Many men calling out for help

In his keynote address to the conference Ruairi Mc Kiernan, founder of youth website SpunOut.ie and member of the Council of State said: "There's no doubt there is a problem with issues like hate speech, bullying, and racism online. There is also more and more discussion about the gender dynamics of online behaviour. This discussed has been amplified recently following the rape threats received by media critic Anita Sarkeesian after she accused the gaming industry of perpetuating a view of women as playthings and targets of male violence. Of course a culture of misogyny exists in some corners of the internet but this is just a reflection of the wider culture. 

 

“If we want to understand why issues like violence and gender inequality exist, then we need to look to the underlying issues. There is a lot of focus on women's issues these days but less so on men's. Many men in my view are calling out for help. The fact that men make up 80% of suicides speaks for itself.

 

“One key aspect of this is that younger men often aren't adequately mentored and supported as they enter adulthood. This needs attention, and in particular young men need to go through some form of rites of passage. There's an African proverb that captures the importance of this. It says that if the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.

Minister says youth groups well placed to challenge stereotypes

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD congratulated the National Youth Council for organising the conference on gender issues in youth work.

Speaking at the event Minister Reilly stated: “It is welcome that the Youth Council’s member organisations recognise the importance of supporting young people to tackle issues such as sexism, gender identity and body image. These youth groups working with over 380,000 young people up and down the country are well placed to challenge stereotypes, encourage more respect towards people of different genders, and ultimately contribute to better outcomes and brighter futures for all young people in Ireland.”

The event also included a panel discussion chaired by Senator Jillian van Turnhout, as well as keynote presentations including:

  • “Why young men might want to burn down the village" by Ruairi Mc Kiernan, founder SpunOut.ie youth organisation, member of Council of State
  • "Illusions and Old Ideas: Why Gender Matters" by Prof Pat O'Connor, University of Limerick
  • "Training for Gender Conscious Youth Work: A Research Project" by Berny McMahon Maynooth University

Droichead Youth Theatre performed a specially commissioned piece ‘spilled ink’.
The full programme of the day is available here: www.nyciconference.ie

ENDS


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

 

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


Programme:

9.30 – 10.00   Networking and Registration

10.00 – 10.05   Welcome Mary Cunningham, Director, NYCI

10.05 – 10.15   Opening address
                            Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, TD

10.15 – 10.55   Keynote speeches

  • "Illusions and Old Ideas: Why Gender Matters" by Prof Pat O'Connor, University of Limerick
  • "Training for Gender Conscious Youth Work: A Research Project" by Berny McMahon Maynooth University
  • “Why young men might want to burn down the village" by Ruairi Mc Kiernan, founder SpunOut.ie youth organisation, member of Council of State

10.55 – 11.45  Panel discussion chaired by Senator Jillian Van Turnhout

  • On policy: Dr Hilary Tierney, Maynooth University
  • On a whole organisational approach: Michael Mc Kenna, YouthAction NI
  • On practice: Fran Mc Veigh, Poppintree Youth Service, Ballymun

        Followed by Q and A

11.45 – 12.00  Break

12.00 – 1.00  Workshop 1  (Choice of 7 workshops chosen in advance by delegates)

1.00 – 2.00    Lunch

2.00 – 2.15      “Spilled Ink” (extract) A performance by Droichead Youth Theatre

2.15 - 3.15       Workshop 2  (Choice of 7 workshops chosen in advance by delegates)

3.15 – 3.55      Round table facilitated discussion

3.55 - 4.00       Closing remarks

Immediately following the conference the National Women’s Council of Ireland invite you to attend a reception and the official launch of their Y-Factor Toolkit ‘Through The Looking Glass: A Guide to Empowering Young People to Become Advocates for Gender Equality’. 4.00 - 5.30

Youth Council reaction to Budget 2015

Maintenance of funding for youth services welcomed

Young jobseekers: disappointment that cuts not reversed; no additional funding for Youth Guarantee

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the announcement that there will be no further cuts to youth services in Budget 2015.

Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said: “In the context of 7 successive years of cuts amounting to a 31% cut to youth services since 2008, it is to be welcomed that this year’s Budget sees no further reduction to vital services for young people.

“We recognise the role Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly had in this, and applaud his efforts to minimise the impact on youth organisations working on the ground to support young people, particularly those who are economically or socially disadvantaged and those suffering most at the hands of the recession.

“We look forward to working closely with Minister Reilly and his department, to ensure that Ireland achieves better outcomes and brighter futures for all young people.”

Ms Cunningham highlighted research by the NYCI showing that the youth sector is significant in both scale and impact: almost 1,500 staff work with over 40,000 volunteers to support more than 380,000 young people.*

“As well as making a very significant social impact, the sector also delivers exceptional value for money. A report on the economic value of the sector indicated that for every €1 spent on youth services the state saves €2.20 euro in the long run. With further resources youth organisations could make an even greater contribution to addressing youth unemployment, social exclusion and poverty,” she added.

Child benefit and First Time Buyers
The organisation also welcomed measures such as the €5 a month extra in child benefit and the DIRT tax rebate for first time buyers but expressed disappointment at decisions regarding young jobseekers.

Young jobseekers
“We are disappointed that the Government have not restored the full adult rate of €188 for young jobseekers under 26 who participate in initiatives such as the Back to Education Scheme, SOLAS funded training and JobBridge which would have provided more support to young people moving into education, training and work experience. We are also concerned that there is no provision of additional funding to implement the Youth Guarantee in 2015,” concluded Ms Cunningham.

ENDS

CONTACT: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI communications@nyci.ie 087 781 4903

NYCI Pre-Budget Submission 2015 ‘Fair and Just Recovery’ available here: http://www.youth.ie/nyci/Pre-Budget-2015-Submission 

*Indecon Report: Assessment of the Economic Value of youth Work: http://www.youth.ie/economic_value

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

 

Constitutional Convention: Youth Council welcomes lower voting age recommendation

Vote@16 campaign successful in convincing the Constitutional Convention

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (27.01.13) welcomed the Constitutional Convention's vote in favour of lowering the voting age and recommending that the issue be put to a referendum.

“We are delighted with the recommendation that the voting age be lowered, as the Youth Council has led the campaign on this issue since 2009.

“Yesterday young members of the NYCI Vote at 16 Campaign group campaign presented their arguments for a lower voting age of 16 rather than 17 to the Convention. It is heartening to see that their arguments have been taken on board, and that the work of the campaign has paid off,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.

“The fact that the Convention has recommended the lower voting age of 16 means that the result is even more positive than expected, given that the group was initially asked to consider 17,” continued Mr Doorley.

“This is part of a global and European momentum towards extending the right to vote to young people at 16 and 17 years old, so it is to be welcomed that Ireland is showing leadership on this rather than following in the wake of our neighbours,” added Mr Doorley.

“It is high time that young people had a voice in the decisions that affect them.”

For information on the Vote@16 campaign see youth.ie

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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 Irish voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie
 

Presentation to the Convention

More:
•       NYCI submission to Constitutional Convention here:

https://www.constitution.ie/AttachmentDownload.ashx?aid=4ae63276-bd5d-e2...

•       Youtube clip: See the young people explain some of the reasons for reducing the voting age to 16 in this animated youtube clip:
http://youtu.be/HoCD4a9ZM5o

Vote@16 Campaign website:
For further information on Vote@16 campaign see http://www.voteat16.ie/

What is the Constitutional Convention?
The Convention is a forum comprising of 100 people, representative of Irish society and parliamentarians from the island of Ireland, with an independent chairman.
The Convention has been established by Resolutions of the Houses of the Oireachtas. It has been asked to consider and make recommendations to the Oireachtas on a range of topics as possible future amendments to the Constitution.
Government has undertaken to respond to the Convention’s recommendations within four months
 

Launch of Youth Unemployment Action Plan – ‘Creating A Future for Young Jobseekers’

Today Minister Joan Burton T.D. unveils NYCI’s report ‘Creating A Future for Young Jobseekers’ at 12pm in the European Parliament Offices on Molesworth Street. The report is a result of 18 months of consultation with young jobseekers, experts and stakeholders along with research and analysis of existing actions and policies to date.

At the launch of creating a Future for Young Jobseekers

AT THE LAUNCH TODAY BY THE MINISTER FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION, JOAN BURTON, TD, OF 'CREATING A FUTURE FOR YOUNG JOBSEEKERS', BRIDGY COLLINS & KIERAN COLLINS, PAVEE POINT.     PIC TOMMY CLANCY

 

“The scale and impact of unemployment, particularly amongst young people is well known. We accept that there are no easy answers or quick fixes. However, we believe more can be done to assist young jobseekers through the recession. A lot more can be done even with existing resources, but more human and financial resources are required if we are to really tackle the problem and provide young jobseekers with hope and direction.  The current system is imposing unnecessary hardship on young people and is further driving forced emigration,” stated James Doorley, Assistant Director at the National Youth Council of Ireland.

The report is available online at www.youth.ie/future.

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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