Unemployment, the future of the economy and education are some of the biggest concerns amongst young people in Ireland, according to a report published today.
The Being Young and Irish report, which captures the views and offers the vision of almost 800 young people, was produced by DIT researchers for President Michael D Higgins.
The process began six months ago with people aged between 17 and 26 being asked to contribute their views by emailing or posting contributions, or by attending one of four regional workshops hosted by President Higgins.
Today 100 young people finalised their "Take Charge of Change" declaration at Áras an Uachtaráin, which gave their vision for Ireland and what needs to happen to achieve it.
They presented the declaration to an audience of Government representatives this afternoon, after which President Higgins and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald addressed attendees.