Conference on a Youth Guarantee for North County Dublin


9.30         Registration (tea/coffee on arrival)


10.00       Welcome and introduction

                 Emer Costello MEP, Leader, Irish Delegation, Socialists and Democrats Group, Member EP                   Committee on Employment & Social Affairs


10.15       Keynote Address

                 Ruairi QuinnTD, Minister for Education and Skills


10.30       Panel Discussion and Q&A - Delivering a Youth Guarantee for North County Dublin

                 Loraine Mulligan, SIPTU (Chair)

                 Deputy Brendan Ryan, TD for Dublin Fingal

                 Siobhan Kinsella, Dublin Fingal Chamber

                 Lidia Salvatore, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working 


11.50       Closing remarks

                 Emer Costello MEP


12.00       Close




  • The Youth unemployment rate in Ireland, though decreasing, remains more than twice as high as the adult one – 28.5 % against 13.6 %
  • Early leavers from education and training are a high-risk group – 55.5% of them across Europe are not employed and within this group about 70% want to work.
  • There are significant skills mismatches on Europe's labour market.
  • When young people do work, their jobs tend to be less stable – Across the EU in 2012, 42.0 % of young employees were working on a temporary contract (four times as much as adults) and 32.0 % part-time (nearly twice the adults’ rate).

The European Union is now providing €8 billion to combat youth unemployment.  These funds will be used to implement the European Youth Guarantee in EU regions with very high (i.e. above 25%) rates of youth unemployment.

Based on what works in other European countries, this is intended to offer young unemployed people quality employment, training, an apprenticeship or further education within four months of finishing their education or becoming unemployed. EU spending will be frontloaded over 2014 and 2015.

I want to see at least one third of Ireland’s allocation going to Dublin, including North County Dublin, where 1,400 young people remain out of work. 

This event is aimed at enabling young people in North County Dublin and organisations working with them to find out more about the European Youth Guarantee. It will also allow them to have their say on how it should be implemented, so that the European Youth Guarantee makes a real impact on the area’s youth unemployment.  

Speakers will include Minister for Education & Skills Ruairi Quinn TD, representatives of local partnership groups, unemployed groups, and Government and European bodies involved in the European Youth Guarantee (see a full agenda underneath).

As places are limited, please register at [email protected] or 8746109 before 5.00pmWednesday, 9th October if you would like to attend.


October 11, 2013 at 9:30am
Canergie Court Hotel
North Street Swords
Swords, Dublin
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"Your future is my future - a European Youth Guarantee now!"
The Party of European Socialists (PES), Young European Socialists (YES) and PES Women are running the campaign "Your future is my future" and calling for a European Youth Guarantee to tackle youth unemployment.

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