The Youth Committees are an important link between young people and trade unions, and play a role in advising the Executive Council of Congress on issues of concern to young workers and young unemployed people.
In January 2001, there were 64 trade unions affiliated to Congress, 48 in the Republic and 36 in Northern Ireland; with 20 unions operating in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. Congress as a 32 county organisation has two Youth committees, one in the Republic, the other in Northern Ireland. Both committees are constituted for a 2-year period. Affiliated unions nominate representatives, who must be under the age of 35, to the appropriate committee. The status of Congress Youth is an advisory committee as provided for in the constitution of Congress.