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23 May 2015 - 10:45

Youth vote decisive factor in result
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum. The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations whose 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. 

21 May 2015 - 17:30

Youth Council reaction to CSO Quarterly Household Survey

- Calls for Government to step up implementation of Youth Guarantee -

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has issued a reminder that at 21.5% youth unemployment is still far too high.

24 Mar 2015 - 18:00
  • 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.

10 Mar 2015 - 11:00

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 >>

3 Mar 2015 - 13:45
  • 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).

24 Feb 2015 - 11:30

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.

19 Feb 2015 - 17:00

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.

15 Jan 2015 - 13:15

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.

10 Oct 2014 - 14:00

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

17 Nov 2014 - 15:15

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