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UCC Young Fine Gael Society

Issue 3, January 2012

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Issue 3, January 2012

Issue 3, January 2012

Tullamore: A YFG Conference for Change! The 25th Young Fine Gael conference will take place from the 17th to the 19th of February 2012 and UCC YFG will be there in force. This conference is held every 18 months and is used to elect our National Executive. There are ten people on this panel and UCC is proud to have several members serving this term. We expect some of our branch to be nominated and once again elected. The conference will also contain motions to be debated, constitutional amendments and a social gathering each evening. The conference this year is being held in the glamorous, Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The weekend includes

two nights four star accommodation, a ticket to the gala banquet dinner with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with covering transport to and from the venue. The branch policy committee will meet after Christmas to form motions based on our debates earlier this year for submission and debate at the conference. Any members wishing to help out this committee, just email us at Hustings of candidates running for election will be held on Wednesday 15th of February in the Council Chambers, North Wing at 8pm. Continued on Page 3 >>

UCC YFG, Get Involved this January! With so much happening in Irish politics there has never been a better time to get involved in UCC YFG. Over the course of this term we have many

great debates, socials, guest speakers & trips planned which will ensure that you will make the most of your time in UCC. Our first meeting of the

New Year will take place on Wednesday January 4th at 7.30 pm in the Student Centre, Second floor with a debate on the consequences of the recent ruling on Irish Abortion

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UCC YFG - Get Involved this January Cont .. Continued from Page 1— from the European Court of Human rights. Lots of other topical issues will be debated as part of our weekly meetings.

well as a fresh recruitment drive.

Senior Fine Gael politicians including Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney & Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton will We will also host various visit campus and memdebates on campus as bers will be given the well as continuing with our Speaker Development opportunity to question sessions early in the New them personally on topics Year to help you improve such as the financial difficulties facing the country your public speaking and & also in relation to the debating skills. ever-changing European A Mystery Tour will take political climate. place in mid January as

YFG will have an unrivalled line up of social events over the term so be sure to come along and learn more! For full details on our events follow us on facebook or visit us online at yfg

Model Dáil Success The Model Dáil took place between the political societies in UCC in November.

All motions ended in favour of the Government, who on the night had a huge majority.

The debate this year was as exciting and entertaining as ever and were chaired by the Lord Mayor of Cork City.

Afterwards, a great night was had by all, which didn’t end for days for some people!

Motions debated included Mandatory Reporting Legislation, Mortgage renegotiation and finally a motion of no confidence in the Government by the opposition.

Future YFG debates include Abortion, Our role in Europe and a proposal to end the welfare state. All are welcome!

Check out for all our latest events... Get Involved with UCC YFG Today!

UCC YFG Dáil & European Parliament Trip At the start of December, UCC YFG members braved artic conditions to go on the society’s annual Dáil Trip just days before Budget 2012 A tour of the building was given including the Dáil & Seanad Chamber and then members had an opportunity to listen to some debates from the public gallery. Private meetings were had with Sen. Colm

Burke and Deputies Dara Murphy, Deirdre Clune & Jerry Buttimer. Later in the day members visited the Dáil Bar to meet Senior Ministers, before attending a social with some Dublin YFG members that night. Last January a group of ten UCC members travelled to Brussels with Sean Kelly MEP to visit the European Parliament & Commission to gain a understanding of the

work of these European institutions. The trip included cultural visits to Brussels City and the medieval city of Bruges along with a few bars! Another trip is of course in the pipeline! This trip follows a visit to the Northern Ireland parliament in Stormount last year with more similar trips been planned in the future.

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Tullamore 2012 Cont... From Page 1— The Saturday prime time session will include analysis and opinion from national economists and journalists. The afternoon session will include speeches from Ministers, An Taoiseach and outgoing YFG President Eric Keane. This conference is an event not to be missed for all YFG members! Email us now at to book your place!

YFG is not about condemning the Government. It’s about Finding Solutions to the Problems this country faces, debating the alternatives and advocating a change for the better. BE PART OF THIS MOVEMENT… JOIN YFG

Fine Gael Ard Fheis 2012! The Fine Gael Ard Fheis is set to take place this March and naturally this is a big event in the YFG calendar. This will be the Fine Gael party’s first conference since being elected into Government since the election last February. This is an excellent weekend to meet YFG members from across the country along with key Front Bench politicians & Ministers. The conference will culminate with the key note live speech, on the Saturday night, by party leader An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

YFG, will as always meet each evening to discuss the coming 12 months and propose our own alternatives. Each night YFG members will party until the late hours, visiting all the local hotspots with fellow members from across Ireland. Over the last few years, the main topics and themes for the conference have been the economy and jobs. We can expect nothing different this year, with new and exciting debates on plans for job creation, cost saving measures, education, health

and transport to name but a few. YFG, as the youth wing of the party always plays a significant role in the weekend, with seminars and workshops taking place throughout the weekend. YFG will, as expected, be vocal on areas that we feel the Government can improve on, while commending where reforms have taken place. This is the main avenue of communication for ordinary YFG members while in Government.

Make Sure Your Voice is heard, Check the Register! It’s important to ensure that you and your family and friends are correctly entered on the electoral register in order to vote in the general election. Remember that currently nobody is automatically placed on the register when they turn 18! You can check the register online by going to If you are currently not on the register, you can apply to join the

supplementary register up to 15 days before polls open in either your home constituency or your college constituency if you will be unable to travel home and vote. Forms are available from the relevant local authority. We will also be running a campus campaign in the January where forms will be available. If you have any questions on voting registration please contact us at

“We do not govern to rule, we govern to serve.” - Gen Michael Collins

Get Involved! UCC YFG is the largest and most active political society on campus. We always welcome new members. Joining UCC YFG gives you an opportunity to get more out of your time in UCC. You get to meet new people from various faculties across UCC as well as attending our regular social nights, branch debate nights and visits to locations such as Dáil Eireann and Stormount. You can meet first hand many senior Fine Gael politicians through attending conferences as well as contributing towards YFG Policy Development. Sign up on today or just come along to any of our events on campus and you will see why we continue to attract large numbers each and every year on campus. See you in January! Regards, Tadhg O’Donovan Auditor, 34th Session of UCC YFG

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