All-island push to end youth unemployment
The level of north/south co-operation in tackling youth unemployment is to be increased.
Young people have been hardest hit by recession, with thousands out of work or competing for relatively low paid jobs.
The North South Ministerial Council – which includes Taoiseach Enda Kenny, First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness agreed both jurisdictions should collaborate to help people back to work.
Mr McGuinness said: "We have taken a decision that we are going to try to increase the work rate between departments, meaning increased collaboration and increased results for the people that we represent. We need to ensure that the progress continues."
In Ulster 22.5% of those aged 18-24 were unemployed between June and August.
And according to youth organisations in the Republic, the scale of emigration of out of work young people was devastating the economy.
Hundreds of thousands have left, with the UK, Australia and Canada among the most popular destinations.