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Young people must be included in National Dialogue on Brexit – Senator Ó Donnghaile

25 October, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Following a meeting with the North's Youth Forum in Leinster House today, Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile raised the matter of Youth Representation at the All-Ireland Dialogue on the floor of the Seanad.

Senator Ó Donnghaile said;

“I want to thank the Youth Forum for meeting with me today to talk about a broad range of issues, from greater North-South cooperation between them and their counterparts in the 26 Counties, to the imminent obstacles to young people posed by Brexit, to investment in mental health services, education and human rights.

"The group is particularly keen to engage with the All-Ireland Dialogue on Brexit. They have written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny asking to be included and as yet have not received any answer. 

"I would encourage the Taoiseach to heed this important call as the fall-out from Brexit will be felt most acutely by young people as they develop and grow as students, workers and citizens who wish to travel, have rights and entitlements as well as sustain the economic benefits to the North of remaining as members of the EU alongside the rest of Ireland.

"As well as raising this issue on the floor of the Seanad this afternoon, I too have written to An Taoiseach to ensure that he includes this most important of sectors in this and all future initiatives on Brexit. 

"We all have a duty to ensure the voices, needs, hopes and aspirations of young people are heard and acted upon by Government. 

"It was clear from today's meeting that young people want to remain.” 

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