Ballymun was selected as one of the first Youth Guarantee schemes to proceed in the EU following funding approval by the European Commission and the Government.
Speaking about the pilot scheme Minister Burton welcomed the scheme calling it ‘hugely significant’ in terms of increasing opportunities for young people in the area.
“My department is currently developing an action plan to implement the Guarantee in ireland from next year, and Ballymun can show the way in terms of developing the best practice and partnership to ensure that young people get the work, training and educational opportunities they need.”
In our latest blog post from the Tom Johnson Summer School, Labour Youth member Shane Folan writes about this morning's panel 'Preparing our Young People for the future - Rethinking education'. We'll have more shortly.
The first panel on the Saturday morning was on the topic of Preparing our Young People for the Future – Rethinking Education. John Lyons TD opened up the discussion. He outlined what he felt should be the next steps for the education system here in Ireland; in particular the third level system. He felt university courses should be more skill based in conjunction with the class time that students would normally face. This system is used quite heavily in DCU, and has proved successful in numerous cases.
In this post Deputy John Lyons talks about the importance of the Youth Guarantee which was announced yesterday while in the video Dublin MEP Emer Costello explains the role Labour has played in securing the European Youth Guarantee.
Europe Adopts a Common Approach to Youth Unemployment with Youth Guarantee
Yesterday, the European Social Affairs and Employment Ministers reached political agreement in Europe on the Youth Guarantee as a policy response to the crisis of youth unemployment. As someone involved in the campaign for a Youth Guarantee since I was elected, this is a hugely important announcement for the young people who are out of work around the country.
With a week to go canvassing is continuing throughout the country for a YES vote in the forthcoming Stability Treaty. Earlier today our Labour senators teamed up with other members of the Seanad to canvas on Dublin's Grafton Street and last night Minister Brendan Howlin along with Deputy Ciara Conway canvassed in Finglas with Deputy John Lyons.
Once again Labour members and representatives were out in force knocking on doors in constituencies around the country. We been keeping our Flickr gallery of the campaign up-to-date and you can see the campaign in pictures on our Flickr account.
Then yesterday afternoon the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Joan Burton and Deputy John Lyons were in Dublin City Centre to launch our latest Yes poster and you can see the images from the launch at this link. We were also able to catch up with Minister Burton, who is the campaign Director of Elections, who gave us an update on how the campaign is going.
The Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and Deputy John Lyons canvassing in Ballymun
Up and down the country Labour members and reps have been knocking on doors talking to people about why they should vote Yes in the forthcoming Stability Treaty referendum. Over the last while Deputy John Lyons has been wearing out the shoe leather in Ballymun where the reception on the doors has been very positive.
Deputy Lyons said: "People have been very engaged about the Stability Treaty and asking lots of questions. They realise the importance of the Treaty for Ireland's future and how it won't be business as usual for Ireland if the Treaty isn't passed."
Last night and today the Dáil debated budget provisions for disadvantaged schools where the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn spoke of his personal commitment to continue working to develop strategies that strive to eliminate educational disadvantage from our society.
Minister Quinn said: "I want to place on the record my admiration and appreciation of the commitment, dedication and affection that is involved in alleviating educational disadvantage within our society. The work of teachers, principals, staff, parents and wider school communities in ensuring the continuing success of the DEIS scheme, and the education of so many children from disadvantaged homes and communities. This work allows children to experience a genuine equality of opportunity that was denied to too many children in this country for too many years."