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.
Mary Cunningham, NYCI Director said: “We are delighted to have been in a position to support the achievement of a resounding Yes vote in yesterday’s referendum.
“It was heartening to see the high turn out yesterday, and to see a new generation of young voters make a decisive difference in an historic referendum. It represents a victory not only for the Yes side, but also for Irish society, Irish democracy, and the young people of Ireland.”
“This referendum touched upon the lives of so many that we work with. It was about equality for LGBT young people, volunteers and staff in youth organisations. This result sends a strong message to young people across Ireland that they are valued equally; and that we want to promote respect and eliminate homophobia.”
The NYCI worked as part of a coalition of young people’s organisations including the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance and Pavee Point to call for a Yes vote. The campaign was coordinated by NYCI member BeLongTo, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people.
Youth vote decisive
“A key part of this referendum was getting out the vote,” continued Ms Cunningham.
“The past few months have seen over 100,000 people – primarily young people, students, and first time voters – making the effort to ensure that their voices were heard yesterday. More than 60,000 people were added to the supplementary register in advance of the May 5th deadline and it was very welcome to see so many of these turn out on the day. Moreover, many NYCI members, including Spunout and BelongTo, as well as the USI and other youth and community organisations ran youth and student-focussed voter registration drives resulting in up to 40,000 new voters being added to the electoral register in November last year,”
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) confirmed its support for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum following a ballot of its members.
The youth council also expressed disappointment at the outcome of the president age referendum, but noted that the result was due, in part, to a failure on the Government’s side to explain or promote the issue.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
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. www.youth.ie
*According to the articles of association (constitution) of NYCI any recommendation in a referendum has to be approved by a 2/3 vote of member organisations.
**Youth Sector: 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. Source: Assessment of the Economic Value of Youthwork: https://www.youth.ie/economic_value
BeLonG To YES campaign The key message of the BeLonG To YES campaign involves leading youth and children’s organisations calling on parents and young people to support a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum. The coalition of organisations involved includes the NYCI, ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point and EPIC, as well as BeLonG To.