Young people demand change as NI Youth Congress launches first manifesto

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
Community, Politics
Votes at 16, the legalisation of same sex marriages and a call on all parties to work for a solution to flags, parades and the past – just three of the issues mapped out in the manifesto which was launched by the inaugural Northern Ireland Youth Congress recently.

Matthew Carroll from Newry at the launch of the Northern Ireland Youth Congress manifesto at the NIYF offices in Belfast

Members of the NI Youth Congress met at the headquarters of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) at Berry Street in Belfast for the launch of its first manifesto. Among them was Matthew Carroll (19) from Newry, a student at the Southern Regional College in the city. The document is the work of the 35-strong Forum which was elected by more than 7,000 young people in February to represent their views. NIYF Director Chris Quinn said the manifesto strongly reflected the issues that really matter to the young people of Northern Ireland. “These impressive young representatives were elected by their peers to give a voice to the youth in Northern Ireland. “The manifesto is a plea from young people for reform and it is incumbent on politicians of all parties to listen to what they have to say.” The manifesto is divided into five sections: health, education, community, participation and democracy and transport.
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