Anderson MEP hosts youth unemployment conference

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson is hosting a conference tomorrow (Friday June 7th) in Cavan town on the issues of youth unemployment in Ireland and the EU’s ‘Youth Guarantee’ proposals.

She said, “One of the most worrying consequences of the economic downturn across the EU is the sharp rise in youth unemployment levels, with those in both parts of Ireland hitting all-time highs, and so in this the Irish Presidency of the EU, I am holding an event on these issues in County Cavan”.

Anderson continued, “The event is entitled ‘Guarantee Our Future’ and the idea is to bring together young people and their representative organizations to speak of their experiences, and along with the relevant agencies, to look at what has been proposed to date, and how effective it has been. I’m delighted to be holding this event in Co Cavan, in association with my colleague Senator Kathryn Reilly, and am very pleased that the major youth organisations will be taking part. These include the National Youth Council of Ireland, the NI Youth Forum and the National Union of Students/Union of Students of Ireland as well as the European Youth Forum. We will also have speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and from the Young Left campaign group from Sweden, as well as Sinn Fein members of both the Assembly and Oireachtas”.

Anderson concluded, “We need leaders at EU and state level to put a focus on combating this growing problem, by fleshing out the detail of initiatives like the proposed ‘Youth Guarantee’ and making sure that such schemes are adequately resourced. Youth unemployment is leading to the return of the bad old days of mass youth emigration from this island – we must all work to ensure that the future options for our young people are not in Clapham or Canberra but here at home”.

“Guarantee Our Future” conference will take place on Friday June 7th, in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan town.

Registration – 9.30am, opening 10am, lunch (complimentary) served at 1pm.