From left: candidates Paul Murphy, MEP, Socialist Party, Eamon Ryan, Green Party, and Raymond Whitehead, Direct Democracy, at a debate organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland, Union of Students in Ireland and SpunOut,  in the Science Gallery,  Trinity College, Dublin, last night. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The issue of how elected MEPs might alter things for young people in Ireland was the main topic for candidates in the Dublin constituency during a hus(...)

Mary Cunningham of the National Youth Council: “With pre-drinking, you are not drinking at home and then going out to have one [drink]. You are drinking at home and going out and drinking whatever you’d have drunk anyway.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Activities such as “prinking” and having “car-bars” have become routine, showing how much our drinking behaviour has changed, a seminar on alco(...)

Are young people really sending each other naked pictures? Is pornography moulding their ideas of sex? What pressures face young people, and how ca(...)

A spokesman for Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton last night said details of how a youth guarantee scheme will operate next year were still being finalised and will not be completed until December. Photograph: Frank Miller

There are growing concerns over whether the Government will be able to fulfil its pledge to provide guaranteed access to a job, further education or t(...)

Disability Federation of Ireland chief executive John Dolan said the values underpinning recent budgets had been largely economic and focused on cuts.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Almost 60 per cent of charities have experienced a decrease in income over the past three years, according to an umbrella group that represents over 1(...)

The joint call was made in advance of next month’s budget . Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Organisations representing over 1000 charities have asked the Government to draw up a cross-departmental strategy to protect key public services.The j(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform is to consider  pre-budget submissions from a range of charitable, interest and lobby groups at Goverment Buildings today.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Repeated tax increases on cigarettes and tobacco are forcing people to go without food in order to have money to satisfy their addiction rather than d(...)

Two of the most significant impacts of the global financial crisis on Irish society have been the sharp rise in unemployment and the corresponding inc(...)

Film director Shannon Greally participating in the National Youth council of Irleland Showcase 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

How many times have you heard adults say they wish they had not given up playing the piano when they were younger? But when we’re teenagers we won’t b(...)

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Damien English said the recent  improvement in employment rates could be attributed in part to emigration. Photograph: National Youth Council of Ireland

Proper resources and funding need to be put into the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme as long-term youth unemployment increases, accoring (...)