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Youth Guarantee report shows government is failing young people - Reilly

14 January, 2015

Sinn Féin Senator and Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Kathryn Reilly has articulated her criticism of the Irish government’s implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme.

Speaking on the Trade Union report issued today on the scheme, Senator Reilly stated:

“It is a worrying report in that it has highlighted the inadequacies of the Youth Guarantee’s implementation by this government and that it has brought to the surface particular areas where the government is failing our young people.

“One particular issue which I have previously raised, and which is again brought up in this report, is that the Irish government has still not kept to the EU Council Recommendation that calls for offering a quality job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship, or continued education to all unemployed young people aged 18-24 within four months. In some instances it is eight to nine months before one of the above measures is proposed.

“With close to a quarter of Ireland’s young people unemployed, the report has highlighted that for those who do manage to secure an offer of employment, “the quality and type of contract offered… is rather bad, as well as the remuneration received”.

“On previous occasions I have stated that if we are to properly address youth unemployment, we must provide timely and adequate intervention, this must be combined with greater trade union involvement in the implementation and evaluation of the Youth Guarantee as called for by SIPTU in the report.

“Sinn Fein has previously highlighted problems facing Ireland’s youth in our report, ‘Youth Matters: Not for Export’ which contained Sinn Fein’s analysis of critical youth issues and the Youth Guarantee. I am again calling on the Minister for Social Protection to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and also to address current issues with those who have limited or no access to the programme, such as young people with disabilities, single parents and carers.”

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