As part if the 76th Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Young Fine Gael will be hosting a session on Saturday afternoon on the topic of Human Rights. The session will discuss Human Rights at home and abroad. The Session will include discussion on how human rights should become central to our society and political system, the media treatment of human rights, children’s rights and the Children’s Referendum, and advocacy for people with disability.
Speaking about the Session, Young Fine Gael President, Patrick Molloy said:
“This is a great opportunity to bring YFG members together with key opinion makers campaigning for human rights in Ireland. The Session will enable our members better understand future changes in major issues like marriage and adoption rights for LGBT individuals in Ireland, children’s rights, and disability rights, and also how these issues develop in the political and media sphere. Our members will also have an opportunity to engage with speakers about these topics.”
“As Fine Gael work with Labour in government, Young Fine Gael are advocating that human rights are kept central to our policies and goals and this Ard Fheis Session is an opportunity for our members to have their say on human rights in Ireland and abroad.”
The speakers will include
- Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance
- Carl O’Brien, Irish Times
- Simon Harris TD
- Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty Ireland
It will be an interesting session and I for one am looking forward to it!
YFG Press Release
There is an interesting poll in tomorrows Sunday Business Post by Red C on both Party support and the fiscal treaty referendum. It is worth nothing that the poll was taken before the announcement on a deal on the Promissory Note and the Mahon Tribunal Report .
The top-line figures for party support are as follows:
- Fine Gael 34% (+4)
- Labour 15% (-1)
- Fianna Fail 16% (-1)
- Sinn Fein 18% (nc)
- Ind/others 17% (-2)
Fine Gael manage get to get a four point bump in the poll this month. I am not sure exactly why considering all the major developments happened after the respondents were polled! Of course with the Ard Fheis next weekend there has been some mention of that. Labour and Fianna Fail both continue their slow slide, but of course the next poll will the most important one for Fianna Fail. If their move to kick Bertie Ahern and others mentioned in the Mahon Report are the right moves to keep support from the voters. Also it shows the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis and the apology has not helped with the polls.
Labours as the junior coalition party seem to be the ones suffering from policies implemented as there voters do not seem to agree. Of course with their National Conference coming up they could manage to stake out their own course after that.
Sinn Fein hold on to their support level as they start their campaign against the Fiscal Compact Treaty. Independents and others are the ones who are down two points as can happen when a party gets a boost larger then 2 percentage points.
On the treaty referendum the poll found the following:
- Yes 49% (+5)
- No 33%(+4)
- Undecided 18% (-9)
When the undecided’s are excluded it is
Which is no change from the polls earlier this month. The campaigns have yet to get under way, but with the undecided’s splitting evenly at the moment it might not be tight, but lets not get complacent!
Enda Kenny has been the leader of Fine Gael since 2002. In that time he has revitalised the party but he has failed to capitalise on the failures of Fianna Fail. Today’s resignation of George Lee is the final nail in the coffin for my support for Enda Kenny.
There needs to be a change of thinking at the top of the party, a change in how policy and where policy comes from. There needs to be more involvement of the grass roots in policy making. This includes actual debates happening at Ard Fheis and National Conference as I have called for in my response to a survey on the upcoming National Conference. (I will post that later)
Its time for Enda to put up or move on. He can bring us so close, but he can not take us over the line. Its simple, there is not going to be a Fine Gael government under the leadership of Enda Kenny. I have come to that realisation now.
I call on Enda to resign the leadership for the good of the party.
What a year! 2009 is approaching its end and its been and up and down year for me.
What a year for me and blogging! It started off great being selected for the first Th!nk about it competition and then that led to other cool projects, again involving European Journalism Centre and the Anna Lindh Foundation. I of course moved the blog .com and its bein great doing that. I have gotten involved with bloggingportal, irishelection and sluggerotoole at various points through out the year. I have met and been contacted by lots of cool people through all this.
Its been an up and down year with work. Loosing my job, like so many others, was a bit of a wake up call, and thankfully I landed on my feet. I know am back in college and have a part-time job. Things really did turn out for the better.
What a year to be involved in Politcs. The Local and European elections were great fun, as was the preceding the Ard Fheis. I learned a lot during the campiagns and look forward to putting that to good use in the coming General Election, whenever that will be. The second Lisbon Referendum was also a great opportunity. Getting involved with Generation Yes, Ireland For Europe and Bloggers for Europe, let to more learning and of course meeting lots of people. It was a great experience. It also got me published in local newspapers!
While 2009 was a great year, it saw a number of deaths for me too. This year I lost a favourite teacher from school, Paddy Mulcahy, and a good friend of mine, Brian Finn. Its right to remember them at this time of year. This year, brought lots of opportunities in my personal life, and I am glad I took them!
So what will next year bring? Who knows, but im looking forward to it!
All thats left to do now, is to wish you all a Happy New Year and best of luck for 2010!
YFG are holding a session on Saturday at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis enititled “Ireland Needs Change”. The aim of the discussion is to allow spokespersons in the party let the young members know what they are doing.
The session will be addressed by:
- Barry Walsh, President Young Fine Gael
- Richard Bruton TD, Deputy Leader and Fine Gael Spokesperson on Finance (Chair)
- Lucinda Creighton TD, Fine Gael Spokesperson on European Affairs
- Brian Hayes TD, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education
- Leo Varadkar TD, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment
The session will also feed into and link intiatives to the Youth Manifesto for the Local and European Elections.
At the last Ard Fheis the session was on the “Just Society” and I really enjoyed the discussion. This year looks even more interesting with “Change” being a big theme in a lot of political campaigns since the Obama one. I am loooking forward to what the spokespeople think of our contributions and ideas and I like that they have picked three of the young front benchers and gotten Richard Bruton to chair it. This shows they do think of us as “not just as an army of canvassers” as one candidate said recently!
The Womens Group are also holding a side event entitled “Getting the best out of your Canvass” which I don’t think I will be attending.
The full timetable for Ard Fheis is online here in PDF from