'Ireland's recovery is the people's recovery' - Taoiseach opens One Young World Summit in Dublin
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told a global summit of young people gathered in Dublin that Ireland's economic recovery "was and remains a democratic privilege, a national obligation."
Addressing delegates to the One Young World conference of some 1,400 young leaders at the National Convention centre, he described the recovery as "the people’s recovery".
"Because it is through our recovery that this, and future generations, could fulfil their right and desire as citizens of this republic of this ‘one world’. And that is to live a dignified, meaningful life. ," he said.
However he said the unemployment figures amongst our young people was 'intolerable'.
"To you, as young leaders, I reprise what I told the European Parliament. That the unemployment figure amongst our young people is intolerable," he said.
" As leaders we must not allow a generation to grow up believing that democracy itself has failed to give them a reasonable chance in life. Because it is they who are democracy’s future, Europe’s tomorrow, our Union’s hope. "
Meanwhile he talked of the importance of environmental initiatives and sustainable living, saying: "Because if we do not, then for our children and grandchildren, it won’t be a question of how they will live in a world of nine billion people. But rather one of whether they will be living at all."
The conference was opened by host Ryan Tubridy and addressed by Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher who brought the global event to Dublin.
Delegates were entertained by the Ballymun Children's Choir.
One Young World founders David Jones and Kate Robertson were also on stage.
It is estimated that the event over the next three days will be worth up to €3m to the local economy.
Key note speeches will be delivered later this evening by One Young World Counsellors, former President Mary Robinson and Sir Bob Geldof.
Kofi Anaan, former UN Secretaray General and will be five former and current Latin-American Presidents are also in attendance, along with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and many others.
The Irish Independent and Independent.ie is the media partner for the One Young World Summit 2015, with extensive coverage on independent.ie.