Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, has outlined the crucial issues that she aims to tackle in Europe over the next five years.
Ms. Boylan was speaking at a youth roundtable in the Parliament yesterday and met with youth advocates from Ireland on Tuesday.
Ms. Boylan said:
“Speaking to young people this week, it is clear that the issue of youth unemployment will be of upmost importance during this parliamentary term. With unemployment levels remaining high and youth guarantee systems which do not go far enough it will be essential that we seek better solutions for our younger generations. A real youth guarantee would set down measurable outcomes and not be just a box ticking exercise.
“At times of continuing austerities at home and across Europe, young people are increasingly being forced to choose between the bleak prospects of unemployment or precarious work. Internships should be unforced, paid and offer real opportunities for young people as a pathway to full-time quality jobs and not as a means for employers to keep their margins down.
“It was great to meet with the Irish youth advocates in the parliament who were here in Brussels to engage with other young people living in countries such as Greece and Spain which are also suffering from the effects of crippling austerity measures.
“It is essential that young people, who didn't cause the crisis but are subject to its worst effects are given an effective voice to oppose the status quo in Ireland and Europe.
“I wish these advocates well with their campaign to challenge the crisis."