Concern about YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH brings out so much hypocrisy, especially in education policies. If they really cared, they could scrap the Leaving Cert. And restore the many cuts affecting young people – to youth services, to jobseekers’ allowance, to mental health services. Educational opportunities are still weighted heavily in favour of the better off – all the stats show it. And what about young people on apprenticeships? Covid has had a huge impact on supports they need. I spoke about this in the Dáil yesterday


The State discriminates against youth in its implementation of Social Welfare payments. Food, transport, clothing all cost the same whether you are 20 or 30 years of age but those under 24 are expected to live on less. So much for the ‘Equality Agenda’ we hear of from this government. Dail debate 6.12.17