Quest for the Best: Make Ireland the best country in which to be a young person
Ireland has been through difficult times since 2008. As noted by the National Economic and Social Council “young people are hit hardest by the crisis.” One element of the work of the next Government is to repair the damage done by the policies and actions undertaken during the crisis. NYCI welcomes the commitments in the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 “Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures” and the imminent publication of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020. Many of the recommendations in the document, if fully resourced and implemented, will have a positive impact on the lives of young people. The next Government should aspire to do more than that. We believe Ireland can aim higher. We want our country to begin and complete “the quest for the best and to make Ireland the best country in which to be a young person.”
Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe with one-third under 25 years, with 10-24 year olds representing 18.3% of the total population of 4.59 million. These numbers are predicted to grow, with the number of 10-24 year olds increasing by 13% between 2015 and 2020. This positive demographic trend provides many opportunities for our economy and society, however, it is incumbent on the next Government to plan and put in place strategies to ensure this increased number of young people have access to the supports and services they need.
This General Election Manifesto puts forward a range of proposals to improve the lives of young people, to support them to achieve their full potential and ultimately to make Ireland the best country in the world in which to be a young person. The recommendations and details underpinning our proposals are outlined below.
This is a summary of the NYCI proposals for the next Programme for Government;
 The Social Implications of the Crisis: the Evidence and the Implications, NESC May 2013
 CSO Annual Population Estimates http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Database/eirestat/Annual%20Population%20Estimates/Annual%20Population%20Estimates_statbank.asp?sp=Annual Population Estimates&Planguage=0