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Survey says young people don't trust Stormont

More than half of young people in Ireland are concerned about Brexit, a survey suggets. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A third of young people in the north have no trust in the Stormont assembly, research suggests.

The Next Generation Ireland-Northern Ireland report, commissioned by the British Council, found that just two per cent of respondents had complete trust in the assembly, which has been suspended for almost two years.

More than a third – 36 per cent – of those questioned indicated that they had absolutely no trust at all in the mothballed institution.

The survey focused on education, employment, social issues, politics and future prospects and was supplemented with 16 focus groups, consisting of 80 young people in total.

It quizzed more than 1,000 young people aged 18-30 with the aim of understanding their attitudes and aspirations and helping support better policy making.

The findings north of the border were mirrored in the Republic, where only one per cent of respondents said they had complete trust in Dáil Éireann and around a fifth – 21 per cent – had absolutely no trust at all.

Only 37 per cent of those surveyed across Ireland said they were likely to vote in an immediate general election, while just one fifth of respondents in the north were ‘optimistic' or ‘very optimistic' about the way the region was going compared to 53 per cent in the south.

However, concerns about Brexit were evenly distributed, with 52 per cent of respondents in the Republic and 55 per cent in the north concerned to a ‘great extent' or to ‘some extent'.

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