Ógra Fianna Fail application to Join LYMEC Denied – AGAIN!

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Ógra Fianna Fail have again failed in its bid to join LYMEC (The European Liberal Youth) which acts as the youth wing of the European Liberal and Democratic Reform Party which Fianna Fail joined last month.

Ógra when it previously applied were blocked by the Young Progressive Democrats. A few of those involved are still around and are behind Liberals.ie. Im not sure if they have membership of LYMEC but the YPDs are still listed as full members on the LYMEC website

This time round I am not sure who blocked them, but I am told it was concerns about how ‘Liberal’ Fianna Fail really are that brought their membership into question. Their stance on divorce, abortion, and blasphemous libel are said to have worked against them and led to their application being rejected.

The strategy before was to have Ógra join LYMEC and then for senior party to follow into ELDR. With the YPD’s consistently blocking that they switched tactics, sending senior party in first but LYMEC is sticking to its guns and not letting Ógra in.

Interesting times ahead for Fianna Fail, as its youth wing is excluded from its European Party!

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5 thoughts on “Ógra Fianna Fail application to Join LYMEC Denied – AGAIN!”

  1. Hey,

    This post is not correct: Ogra Fianna Fail has never applied for any kind of membership in LYMEC.

    In 2006, the debate was spurred by the presence of Ogra Fianna Fail among guests to the LYMEC Congress: a spontaneous urgency motion was passed declaring that LYMEC did not think that Fianna Fail was fit for ELDR membership.

    The debate at the last congress was about abolishing this motion approved in 2006 following the approval of Fianna Fail as full members of ELDR in April 2009. In the end the congress decided to maintain its position from 2006, and to review it within two years.

    In both cases nothing directly to do with Ogra Fianna Fail and LYMEC, even though we could indeed imagine that there is not much reason why a possible membership application by OFF in LYMEC would be treated differently in the current circumstances. In the end, would they apply one day for LYMEC membership, the result would depend if Ogra Fianna Fail is considered or not more liberal than Fianna Fail.

    best regards,

    Aloys Rigaut
    President of LYMEC

  2. Well, it is not a question of “stance”, I am president of LYMEC, and I can tell you that we have never received any membership application by Ogra Fianna Fail, and that there is no way they could be rejected/denied without even applying… The post is thus misleading.

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