88. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the contribution her Department will make to tackling youth unemployment in 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56681/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Government is committed to tackling unemployment and is working to create the environment for a strong economic recovery and jobs growth. Youth unemployment is a particular concern because of the prospects it holds for individual young people, their families and the economic and social life of the country. 
The Government’s action plans contain a range of measures across departments and agencies to support young people to g...

350. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Social Protection the strategies in place to address youth unemployment; if she is considering any further initiatives in this area; if she has had discussions at a European level in relation to this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52484/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): In the first instance, the Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth. Past experience suggests that youth unemployment, which tends to rise relatively rapidly in a downturn, can be expected to fall relatively rapidly during the recovery.
In addition to promoting economic recover...

48. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps being taken by his Department to create employment for young people who are not in employment, education or training. (Question 51882/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The rise in youth unemployment as a result of the global economic downturn is a challenge for most EU countries. The EU average was 22.1%, with several countries having a higher youth unemployment rate than Ireland.
The latest Quarterly National Household Survey, published by the CSO on 19 September, indicates that 66,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years were unemployed in the second quarter of 2012. Supporti...