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Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment are is the main government departments responsible for youth employment and entrepreneurship in Ireland.
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth also play a role in terms of policy making on youth employment and entrepreneurship. For example, Economic Security and Opportunity is one of the five national outcome areas for young people in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014), the overarching national policy framework for children and young people.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions had two youth committees, one in the Republic of Ireland and one in Northern Ireland. The Youth Committees aim to be a link between young people and trade unions, and play a role in advising the Executive Council of Congress on issues of concern to young workers and young unemployed people.
Other actors include the National Youth Council of Ireland, the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland, which advocates on the issues of youth employment and social protection for young jobseekers.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the representative body for third level students in Ireland also runs campaigns and provides information on social welfare issues and young people’s rights as workers.
The Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment is the main authority responsible for youth employment at a national level. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has responsibility for enterprise and youth enterprise policy, at local level supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO).
At a regional and local level, the Department of Social Protection also has a network of Intreo Centres, Local and Branch Offices, Employment Services Offices and offices administering Supplementary Welfare Allowance.
Intreo is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports. Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers.
Economic Security and Opportunity is one of the five national outcome areas for young people in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, overarching national policy framework for children and young people. There is cross-sectoral cooperation between all government departments in relation to this national policy framework.