By Dan Walsh
Wexford Young Fine Gael (YFG) have issued a call for new members between the ages of 15 and 35 to join the group founded over 40 years ago by then Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald TD to act as a voice for young people from all over Ireland.
Currently Wexford local Steven Murphy (24), a primary school teacher from Screen, sits on the YFG National Executive as the Leinster Regional Organiser.
Wexford YFG members will be travelling to attend the YFG Cosgrave Weekend taking place in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Friday, 11th March – Sunday 13th March. The YFG Cosgrave Weekend will be the first in-person national event in over two years since the COVID-19 measures came into place, and features policy debates, training workshops and opportunities to meet like-minded young people in a fun setting.
Steven Murphy said; “I have made several great friends over the years from all over the country through YFG and have some outstanding memories from conferences, elections and campaign wins.
“YFG is a welcoming place with varied special interest groups such as the YFG Coiste na Gaeilge, YFG Second-Level Network, YFG Agriculture and Rural Affairs group, and the YFG Women’s Network which focuses on mentoring young women, running leadership skills workshops and policy areas that particularly affect women in Ireland.”
Wexford YFG has a proud track record of working closely with all Fine Gael elected representatives including Paul Kehoe TD, Cllr Bridín Murphy, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District, Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, and Cllr Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach of Rosslare Municipal District. Recent campaigns saw Wexford YFG participate in reform of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grant Scheme, the extension of trading hours for nightclubs and bars and calling on Minister Stephen Donnelly to provide universal access to free contraception for all women.
Wexford YFG has been frequently meeting online during the pandemic. Their first in-person activity will be meeting with Deputy Paul Kehoe at his constituency office in Enniscorthy on Saturday, 26th February for a leaflet drop, chat and refreshments. For more information on joining check out the Wexford Young Fine Gael Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.