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Reilly calls for government investment in Youth Guarantee

21 March, 2013 - by Kathryn Reilly


Speaking during a European Affairs committee meeting in the Oireachtas today, Sinn Féin’s EU affairs spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, called on the government to “match its verbal commitment to a Youth Guarantee with real investment”.
The Committee meeting heard submissions from a number of experts and advocacy organisations on the issue of a Youth Guarantee. The special hearing was requested by Senator Reilly who is also the committee rapporteur on the issue of the Youth Guarantee.
Senator Reilly said:
“Over 30% of under 25s are unemployed. More than 30,000 young people are on the live register for more than 12 months. Youth emigration continues at an alarming pace.
“There is an urgent need for the government to invest in stemming the youth unemployment crisis. One way of doing this is to invest in a Nordic style youth guarantee scheme which would ensure than no young person was left without a job, training or education for more than four months after becoming unemployed.
“Today the European Affairs Committee held a special hearing the idea of a youth guarantee. The National Youth Council of Ireland, the European Youth Forum and other employment experts detailed to their views on the need for a youth guarantee.
“The detailed both the strengths and weaknesses of the existing guarantees in countries such as Norway, Finland and Denmark.
“They also said that the recent announcement of €6 billion by the EU over 6 years to tackle youth unemployment, much more was needed.
“I requested today’s special hearing as part of an ongoing piece of work that will lead to a special committee report on the issue of the Youth Guarantee to be completed this month. Hopefully this report will spur the government into action.
“The cost of youth unemployment for the individuals involved, their families and the economy as a whole in huge. It is time for the government to match their verbal commitment to a youth guarantee with real investment. Otherwise the youth unemployment crisis will get worse.”

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