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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

 

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.

8 Oct 2015 - 15:00

 

Strategy to address needs of Ireland’s 800,000 10-24 year olds

 

Positive step, but implementation is key


The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed the publication of Ireland’s first National Youth Strategy today (08.10.2015) at an event in Bluebell, Dublin.

Speaking at the launch, Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said: “The development of a National Youth Strategy is a watershed for Ireland and should not be underestimated, especially given our large and growing youth population and in light of the many challenges they face today.”

30 Sep 2015 - 10:30

39% of workers on the minimum wage aged between 18 and 29

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has welcomed the decision to hold a forum on the Living Wage, but has warned that wider issues related to the changing nature of employment in Ireland also need to be addressed. The Living Wage forum is taking place in Dublin Castle today (30.09.15).

Speaking in advance of the forum, James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “The decision of Government to hold this Forum is welcome, however, we need to see a plan of action following today’s event.

29 Sep 2015 - 13:00


Youth unemployment rate remains over 20%

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations with 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers who work with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has voiced concerns that at 20.6% the youth unemployment rate is showing little sign of decreasing.

New figures released today (29.09.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the unemployment rate for those aged under 25 has remained stagnant for the past 6 months – ranging between 20.3  and 20.7%.

Youth unemployment rate*

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