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National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)

NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

They do this by:
•    Representing the shared interests of voluntary youth organisations;
•    Advocating on issues that impact on the lives of young people;
•    Promoting the development of evidence informed high quality specialist youth work practice;
•    Capacity building and professional development.

National Youth Council of Ireland

Programmes Co Funded with NYCI:

Arts, Health and Child Protection Unit.                                                      


Gaisce: The President’s Award

This is a self-development programme that encourages you to find your passion, get active and make a difference in your community! Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.

Gaisce President's Award



EU Presidency

The Youth Affairs Unit attends Council Working Group, Youth Congress, and Director General meetings.


Estonia (Current)

The motto of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is 'Unity through balance'. We believe that Europe has plenty of common ground to come together to successfully tackle all the challenges and make the most of all the possibilities that face us today. We must facilitate openness in both our economy and society, while also ensuring safety and security. Our role is to find a balance between the different views, traditions and interests in Europe today to achieve the best possible outcome for European citizens.

The four priorities of the Estonian Presidency are: (contains web links to priorities) Also link to Further information

An open and innovative European economy
A safe and secure Europe
A digital Europe and the free movement of data
An inclusive and sustainable Europe

Further information



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