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Burton, Costello and Lyons mark announcement of pilot Youth Guarantee project in Ballymun

Posted on July 05, 2013

Ballymun Pilot Youth Guarantee gets green light

This afternoon Minister Joan Burton, Emer Costello MEP and Deputy John Lyons were in Ballymun to mark the announcement of funding for a year-long pilot Youth Guarantee project in Ballymun.

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.”

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Saturday morning - Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 15, 2013


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.

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Youth Guarantee is a Europe wide solution to youth unemployment

Posted on March 01, 2013

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.

What is a Youth Guarantee?

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One week to go

Posted on May 24, 2012

Canvassing in Finglas with Minister Brendan Howlin, Deputy Ciara Conway and Deputy John Lyons

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.

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Launching our latest poster

Posted on May 21, 2012

Launching our latest poster

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.

Today's announcement on the renegotiation around the payment on the promissory note has been called 'great news' by Labour's Deputy Ciara Conway.

"The opposition thought we would never be able to do this, but we have proved them wrong once again," Deputy Conway said.

You can read Deputy Conway's full statement in our media centre, and in the accompanying video you can see what Deputy John Lyons said about the development.


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Labour committed to develop strategies to eliminate educational disadvantage

Posted on January 12, 2012

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."

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