Saturday 25 February 2017

Time to give youth a voice - former Rose

Patrick Kelleher

Maria Walsh and Shauna Keogh at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Maria Walsh and Shauna Keogh at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren

Young people are being left out of important debates about the future direction of society, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has warned.

"We don't give them the podium to share their opinions on," Ms Walsh told the Irish Independent.

"Young people are coming up with these amazing ideas, whether it be in secondary school or first year or second year of college, and they just are trying to find a voice.

"You obviously have a lot of young people on social media, and that is their podium. But why aren't we listening to them in the real world?"

Her comments come as the annual Zeminar conference kicks off today at the RDS. The event is aimed at Generation Z, or 15-20-year-olds. There are a number of speakers, apart from Ms Walsh, to talk to young people, including musician and mental-health activist Bressie and Senator Lynn Ruane.

The three-day conference aims to tackle four 'big headings': young entrepreneurialism, social activism, mental health, and 'what's next' after school. Tickets for each day are €10 for Generation Z, or €15 for adults.

Irish Independent

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