Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has welcomed the students of Coláiste Íde in Dingle to the European Parliament. Speaking to the Coláiste Íde students in the Parliament, Deputy Clune emphasised how important it is that young people get engaged with the political process,
"I love to see groups of young people visiting the parliament. They are the ones who will be living and working throughout Europe for the next 60 years. The laws we are making here today will impact them directly.
"The students of Coláiste Íde in Dingle are an engaged and lively bunch who asked a series of very tough questions! They are a credit to their teachers!
"Youth Unemployment is a massive issue that will impact on these students. Funding for youth unemployment will increase tenfold in Ireland from €2m last year to just over €21m in new money this year. I want to welcome the European Commission's focus on Youth Unemployment.
"I am calling for that money to be invested in skills training, up skilling, labour mobility and targeted to increase the amount of real quality jobs for young people, in particular in rural Ireland and towns like Dingle. Young people must be given the opportunity to work and live in rural Ireland.