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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
1 Mar 2017 - 16:15

Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history

Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event today (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group.

16 Feb 2017 - 21:15

Youth Council welcomes statement from Minister McEntee in support of Bill

Business interests must not trump wellbeing of our young people, says Council

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed a statement by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, earlier this week (on 15.03.17) reiterating her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and highlighting the impact alcohol is having on the mental health of young people in Ireland.

30 Jan 2017 - 15:00

Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needs to be inclusive, ECOSOC meeting told.

Inclusion must be at the heart of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s the message from Samantha O'Brien O'Reilly from Kells, County Meath, one of Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2017.

“If you don’t ask who is not represented at the table, regardless of how noble your intentions, you go against the spirit of the SDGs,” Ms O'Brien O'Reilly told a high level meeting at the United Nations in New York.

30 Jan 2017 - 10:30

Ireland’s youth population to increase 13% over the next four years, vital they are taken into account

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed the decision by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, TD to hold a forum to explore the implications of Brexit for children and young people. The meeting takes place in Croke Park, Dublin on Monday 30th January. 

19 Dec 2016 - 14:45

Journalist and activist Una Mullally appointed as independent chair of group to oversee development of National LGBT Youth Strategy:

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, TD that Una Mullally is to be chairperson for the Government’s LGBT Youth Strategy.

Commenting on the appointment Mary Cunningham, Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) said: “We congratulate Una Mullally on her appointment. Her wide ranging experience in championing equality, and her work as an LGBT rights activist and advocate will equip her very well for this important and challenging new role.

13 Dec 2016 - 11:30

State saves €2.20 for every €1 spent on youth work, conference told

Too much of the excellent work undertaken by youth organisations with young people is unseen and unheard by politicians, policymakers and the public in general. That was the message emerging from the National Youth Council of Ireland’s annual conference entitled Talking Cents which took place in Dublin Castle today (13.12.16). The event looked at increasing support and recognition for young people and those working with them.

1 Dec 2016 - 14:00
Youth Council: Decrease in young people signing on welcome, but over 13,500 under 26s long-term unemployed still far too high
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has voiced concern at the number of long-term unemployed aged under 26. New figures released today (01.12.16) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in November 2016 was 30,851. This represents a decrease of 1,408 compared to the October 2016 figure of 32,259.*
Concern at long-term unemployed young people
17 Nov 2016 - 17:00

Concern/NYCI Youth Summit on migration is the flagship event of this year’s One World Week

Naval Services and UN Delegate share experiences of rescues on Libyan coastline and of working on the UN migration summit in New York

Up to 200 young people from around Ireland met at a Youth Summit in Blackhall Place, Dublin today (17th November) to look at the issue of migration. Organised by Concern Worldwide and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the event followed on from the UN agreement last year where 193 world leaders committed to 17 global goals (known as the Sustainable Development Goals or ‘SDGs’) to end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030.

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