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Reilly begins round of engagement with youth organisations

5 March, 2012

Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Youth Affairs has begun a series of meetings with groups working with and representing young people.

Speaking today Senator Reilly said:

“As the youngest member of the Oireachtas, I am delighted to be in a position to engage directly with young people and the organisations that work for and with them. I have already met several youth organisations and plan to meet as many others as possible over the coming period.

“My engagement so far has confirmed to me that the youth sector is taking a disproportionately hard hit from the government’s cuts. We know also that thousands of young people are considering or planning for emigration yet, the government’s recent ‘Jobs Action Plan’ barely mentioned young people.

“Sinn Féin believes a specific jobs action plan for young people is needed.

“There are broader issues such as mental health and discrimination against certain sectors of our young people that also need to be challenged and groups working in these fields need support to continue the excellent work they are carrying out every day.

“I have committed myself and my party to listening to and acting on the concerns of our young people and to giving them a voice in the Oireachtas.” ENDS

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