Earlier this month, Young Fine Gael held its annual Garret FitzGerald Summer School in Carlingford, Co. Louth. There, members had the opportunity to express their views on a broad range of issues in effect currently, such as the Brexit Fallout and the new ‘Minority Government’ structure.
By Art O’Mahony, Chairman of Kerry Young Fine Gael
Notably, the Kerry cumann secured the prestigious title ‘Branch of the Year’ at the event, following its unprecedented increase in activity over the past year and its devotion to the election campaign.
Maturely discussing the social, economic and political consequences of Brexit for Ireland, YFG supported the motion to hold a Border Poll with the aim of achieving a United Ireland. We reminded one another that it was Cumann na nGaedhael who maximised the capacity to achieve total freedom in 1922, it was Fine Gael who declared a Republic in 1949 and it was Fine Gael who cemented our place at the discussion table on Northern Ireland in 1985. It is our natural and moral duty to attempt to fulfill the role our predecessors began.
We also agreed to reinstate our support for the European Union.This came as no surprise.
Dr. Garret – A Central Figure
Young Fine Gael founder, Dr Garret FitzGerald was the most central figure in securing a strong place for Ireland in Europe during his time in Government. In 1973, he was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister to preside over our entry into the EEC. His enthusiasm and understanding of the European project, backed by a doctrine in economics, a barrister’s qualification and fluency in French and Spanish secured Ireland the Presidency of the EEC in 1975. Regardless of being in Government or opposition, Fine Gael has maintained its Europeanist stance and will continue to do so.
Youth Wing Politics
Speaking as a Castleisland native, I completely understand the reluctance people have when it comes to getting involved in youth-wing politics. I raised a few eye-brows when I first joined. But honestly, it’s a great way to make some new friends with a similar interest and equally to make a big difference. Just as an example, next month a campaign committee I am a part of will be meeting the Minister for Transport Shane Ross about a YFG policy document on car insurance premiums we want to see addressed. So if it sounds like something you might be interested in, please feel free to give us a shout!
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