The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD has brokered agreement on an EU-wide Youth Guarantee. Once implemented, the Guarantee will assure young people under the age of 25 a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed. You can find out more in our media centre. We'll post more about the Youth Guarantee over the day.
The publication of the heads (outline) of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013 fulfils the Labour Party's commitment on climate change legislation. Labour has a strong record calling for legislation to underpin current and future EU/International targets on emissions. That is exactly what this legislation proposes to do.
It is a crucial step forward in tackling climate change and to enable Ireland to become a low carbon society. There are targets in this Bill which reflect the current EU 2020 targets. There is also provision to automatically include any target that is agreed in the post-Kyoto period (ie, for 2030 or 2050).
Launched today, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 offers a blue print of the Government's plans to get more people back to work this year. Containing a number of action focused initiatives, which are all geared to create much needed jobs, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 includes a specific focus on helping to further stimulate profitable industries such as the it, Healthcare and energy sector.
In this post Deputy Aodhan ÓRiordain talks about the Convention in your Classroom project he undertook to inform young people about the Constitutional Convention.
When I launched my ‘Convention in Your Classroom’ initiative last October it was my intention to meet with as many students as possible, in my constituency, to talk about the Constitutional Convention.
Over the last several months I spoke to 11 schools and held a mini convention in each of them. The results varied from school to school but the one uniting theme was that in all schools there was almost universal support for Marriage Equality.
“Homelessness is an affront to every value that we assign to the concept of citizenship. In a real republic there is an onus on us to ensure that all citizens have a place they can call home,” Minister Jan O’Sullivan said today following the launch of the Government’s Homelessness Policy Statement at the Custom House.
The Minister set 2016 at the target for ending long-term homelessness saying ‘achieving this important goal in the year that marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising is something that I would urge everyone to support’.
The Minister for Science and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today opened a conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying, in association with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council.
Held by the ILGA – Europe, (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) which is examining the issue of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in association with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services.