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2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 14. 15. 16. 22. 29. INFORMATION PROGRAMME OF EVENTS MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY MESSAGE FROM AN TAOISEACH LIST OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CANDIDATES VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
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DUBLIN CANDIDATES EAST CANDIDATES NORTH WEST CANDIDATES SOUTH CANDIDATES PARLIAMENTARY PARTY CANDIDATES COUNCIL OF LOCAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES CANDIDATES FINANCIAL REVIEW OF THE FINE GAEL REVENUE ACCOUNTS FOR 2010 MOTIONS FOR DEBATE NEW FINE GAEL TDS AND SENATORS STANDING ORDERS (Inside back cover) FLOOR PLAN (Inside front cover)
76TH Ard Fheis 2012
VOTING FOR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Voting will take place between 1.00pm and 4.00pm in Liﬀey Hall 2. To vote, members must produce a valid Membership Card (2011/12) and Delegate Card and may be asked to produce other means of ID. Voting is open to all public representatives, members of Executive Council, Constituency and District Oﬃcers and ﬁve-delegates-per-Branch.
Friday, March 30 - 9.30pm-11.30pm, Level 3: Ard Fheis Social. Saturday, March 31 - 9.30pm-11.00pm, ‘Forum’, Ground Floor: Ard Fheis Social. 11.30pm-1.30am, Gibson Hotel, Point Village: Dancing to ‘Jason O’Callaghan’s Party Knights.’
The Luas Red Line runs directly behind the CCD, conveniently linking to Connolly and Heuston rail stations, as well as Busáras and the Red Cow. Stops adjacent to the CCD are provided at Mayor Square and Spencer Dock, directly behind the CCD. Last tram departs 12.30am.
Please download the free Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) iPhone App on arrival at the Convention Centre Dublin to help you ﬁnd your way around the building.
FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Full catering facilities are available all weekend on Level 1 of the CCD.
The cloakroom is located on the Ground Floor near the main entrance and has a charge of €2 per-item.
The following are the hotels in the immediate area: Gibson Hotel (10 minutes walk) The Point Village, East Wall Road, Dublin 1 Tel: 01 681 5000. Maldron Hotel, Cardiﬀ Lane (7 minutes walk) Cardiﬀ Lane, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6439500. Jurys Inn Custom House (7 minutes walk) Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Tel: 01 854 1500 Please quote ‘Ard’ when making a reservation. Clarion Hotel IFSC (5 minutes walk) North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. Tel: 01 433 8800.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY
In the event of an evacuation please take instruction from a member of CCD staﬀ. CCD staﬀ are fully trained in evacuation procedures for those with limited mobility. Deﬁbrillators are located in the Medical Suite, Security Control Room and by the large meeting rooms.
A free Crèche, with qualiﬁed staﬀ, will be available from 11.00am to 10.00pm on Saturday. Further information from the Enquiries Desk in the CCD.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30:
• 7.00pm-8.00pm, Auditorium: Opening Ceremony followed by Taoiseach’s Address • 8.00pm-9.30pm, Auditorium: New Era in Child protection Chair: Damien English TD Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD and Minister Ciaran Cannon TD • 9.30pm-11.30pm, Level 3: Ard Fheis Social • 2.00pm-3.30pm, Wicklow Hall 1: Planning for a Better Future Chair: Paudie Coﬀey TD Minister Phil Hogan TD Minister Leo Varadkar TD and Minister Fergus O’Dowd TD • 3.30pm-4.30pm, Auditorium: The European Stability Treaty Chair: Paschal Donohoe TD Director of Elections • 3.30pm-4.30pm, Wicklow Hall 1: Towards a Safer, More Secure Ireland Chair: Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD Minister Alan Shatter TD • 4.30pm-5.30pm, Wicklow Hall 1: Promoting Irish Culture & Sport Chair: Michelle Mulherin TD Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister Michael Ring TD and Minister Dinny McGinley TD • 5.00pm-6.00pm, Wicklow Hall 2B: The Common Agricultural Policy Minister Simon Coveney TD • 5.00pm-6.00pm, Liﬀey Meeting Room 1: Northern Ireland/UK Relationships Chair: Joe McHugh TD Seamus Mallon • 6.30pm: Auditorium re-opens for Taoiseach’s Address • 7.30pm, Auditorium: Warm-up and Speeches • 8.30pm-9.00pm, Auditorium (Live TV): Address by Enda Kenny TD, Taoiseach & Leader of Fine Gael • 9.30pm-11.00pm, ‘Forum’, Ground Floor: Ard Fheis Social • 11.30pm-1.30am, Gibson Hotel, Point Village: Dancing to ‘Jason O’Callaghan’s Party Knights’
SATURDAY, MARCH 31:
• 9.30am-10.45am, Auditorium: Fine Gael Constitution & Rules and Organisation Chair: Brian Murphy • 10.45am-1.00pm, Auditorium (Live TV): Getting Ireland Back to Work Chair: Mairead McGuinness MEP Minister Michael Noonan TD Minister Richard Bruton TD Minister Simon Coveney TD Minister Leo Varadkar TD Minister Lucinda Creighton TD Minister Brian Hayes TD and Minister Ciaran Cannon TD • 1.00pm-2.00pm, Auditorium: Ensuring Health Reform Chair: Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister James Reilly TD • 1.00pm-2.00pm, Wicklow Hall 1: Driving Political & Constitutional Reform Chair: Alan Farrell TD Minister Brian Hayes TD and Minister Paul Kehoe TD • 1.30pm-2.30pm, Wicklow Hall 2A: Ireland’s Place in Europe Chair: Dara Murphy TD Minister Lucinda Creighton TD • 2.00pm-3.30pm, Auditorium: Growing Sustainable Jobs Chair: Martin Heydon TD Minister Simon Coveney TD and Minister Shane McEntee TD
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PARALLEL MEETINGS SATURDAY, MARCH 31:
• • • • 4.30pm-6.00pm, Wicklow Hall 2A: Young Fine Gael 5.00pm-6.30pm, Liﬀey Hall 1: Fine Gael Local Representatives 3.30-4.30 & 5.00-6.00, Liﬀey Meeting Room 2: Organisational Development 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm & 5.00pm, Liﬀey Meeting Room 4: Social Media Workshops
Message from the General Secretary
A very warm welcome to our 76th Ard Fheis, our ﬁrst as a party of Government for 16 years. Another new departure is the use of the Convention Centre Dublin for this event. Please familiarise yourself with this excellent venue. The hard work and support of Fine Gael members across the country ensured the Party’s best ever-General Election result in 2011. The party now has 74 TDs and 20 Senators as part of a Fine GaelLabour Party Coalition Government that includes ten Fine Gael Cabinet Ministers and nine Ministers of State. Your continued support will allow the Government to implement its ambitious programme to restore Ireland’s economy and our international standing. The Party’s next major task is to ensure the ratiﬁcation by the people of the European Stability Treaty. This will conﬁrm Ireland’s commitment to responsible budgeting and, in doing so, ensure that the reckless economic mismanagement that drove our country to the brink of bankruptcy will not be repeated by any future Government. We will also turn our attention to the European and Local Elections of 2014 when we must strengthen our position as the leading Irish party of Europe and the driving force of local government. Elsewhere in the Clár you will see details of the Party’s ﬁnancial accounts for the year 2009 and 2010. Given the cyclical nature of political activity, and in particular election campaigns, 2010 can be best characterised as a year when the Party needed to recover from the expensive years of 2007 (General Election) and 2009 (Local and European Elections). Financially, 2010 was also a year when not only did we curb expenditure and reduce our deﬁcit, but also a year when we put in place a borrowing facility to meet the Party’s need in relation to the General Election of 2011. Newer members of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party are proﬁled elsewhere in the Clár. On your behalf, I thank the members of the Ard Fheis Steering Committee and all those who have helped plan this great gathering. I hope you enjoy the weekend and look forward to meeting you.
TOM CURRAN GENERAL SECRETARY
Message from An Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael, Enda Kenny TD
Welcome to the 76th Fine Gael Ard Fheis.
This great gathering of our Party provides Fine Gael with the opportunity to reﬂect on its work in Government, and more importantly, to help to shape our future. A wide range of motions have been submitted by the Party organisation for debate. I encourage to you take an active part in these debates, and also to enjoy the social aspect of our Ard Fheis. Throughout the past year, Fine Gael, in government with our Labour Party partners, has worked unyieldingly to tackle the problems we inherited so that economic recovery can be achieved. And from my travels at home and abroad, I know that this work is bearing fruit. Jobs are being created and our international image is substantially improved. The Irish people will shortly be asked to ratify the European Stability Treaty. It is in our interest to approve the Treaty - doing so will build on the steady progress Ireland has made in the past year. I sincerely hope that your weekend is productive and enjoyable and send my best wishes to candidates contesting elections to the various positions on the Executive Council. Best regards,
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ENDA KENNY TD TAOISEACH AND LEADER OF FINE GAEL
76TH Ard Fheis 2012
Executive Council candidates
PRESIDENT(1 TO BE ELECTED)
• Kenny, Enda T.D. Mayo
SOUTH (3 TO BE ELECTED)
• Danagher, Mary Limerick • Fitzgerald, Maurice Tipperary North • Kelleher, Garret Cork North West • Kelly, Cian Limerick City • O’Neill, Nuala Cork East
VICE PRESIDENT (2 TO BE ELECTED)
• Bruton, John Meath East • O’Connell, Gerry Tipperary North
DUBLIN (3 TO BE ELECTED)
• Heneghan, Brendan Dublin South East • Kennedy, John Dublin South • Murphy, Brian Dublin North • Van Turnhnout, Michael Dublin South • Walsh, Barry Dublin North Central
PARLIAMENTARY PARTY (4 TO BE ELECTED)
• Creighton, Lucinda T.D. Dublin South East • Cummins, Maurice Senator Waterford • Flanagan, Charles T.D. Laois/Oﬀaly • Heydon, Martin T.D. Kildare South
EAST (3 TO ELECTED)
• Butler, Leo Carlow/Kilkenny • Cogavin, Ellen Meath East • Finnegan, Moira Kildare South • Hayes, John Wexford
COUNCIL OF LOCAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES (2 TO BE ELECTED)
• Deegan, Humphrey Cllr. Cork South West • McGonigle, Laura Cllr. Cork South Central • McKiernan, Seán Cllr. Cavan/Monaghan
NORTH-WEST (3 TO BE ELECTED)
• Carey, Leonora Clare • Delamere, John Longford/Westmeath • Munnelly, Lorraine Mayo • Tuﬀy, Austin Sligo/North Leitrim
vice presidential candidates
John Bruton is President of IFSC Ireland, former Taoiseach and former Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Commission to the US. John was Taoiseach from 1994-1997. Prior to his election as Taoiseach he served in Cabinet as Minister for Finance, Minister for Industry and Energy and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism. While Taoiseach, John presided over a successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and helped ﬁnalise the Stability and Growth Pact, which governs the management of the Single European Currency. From 1999, until his appointment as Ambassador, he was one of 10 Vice-Presidents of the European People’s Party. Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, John served as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution, signed in Rome in October, 2004. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968 before studying to become a barrister.
A 35 year-old solicitor from Killenaule, Co Tipperary, Gerry O’Connell was ﬁrst elected a Vice-President of the Party in 2004 and has been re-elected to that position at each subsequent Ard Fheis. He is the Chairperson of the Executive Council sub-committee on the Fine Gael Constitution and Rules. Gerry is a former President of Young Fine Gael and served the Party as a Constituency Director of Elections in the 2007 and 2011 General Elections, the 2009 Local and European Elections, and the 2011 Presidential Election. Gerry is also the Secretary of the Collins 22 Society, has compiled various presentations on Fine Gael history, and has acted as a motivational speaker for the Party at General Election rallies, Michael Collins rallies and Ard Fheiseanna.
Brendan Heneghan DUBLIN SOUTH EAST
Brendan Heneghan is a member of Terenure Branch, Dublin South East, and an outgoing Executive Council member for Dublin. He is also a member of Disciplinary Committee and chairs the Dublin North West Review Group. Brendan has acted on a number of occasions as Director of Elections, most recently in Dublin South Central for the 2011 General Election. He is also active in day-to-day activities such as canvassing and leaﬂet drops for a number of representatives. The key focus of the new Executive will be the 2014 Local Elections. Brendan has an extensive knowledge of the entire country. He believes this would assist the new Executive greatly in planning a successful 2014 campaign, following which Fine Gael will remain by far the largest party in local government. Brendan is a solicitor by profession, acting as a consultant to one of the country’s biggest law ﬁrms.
John Kennedy DUBLIN SOUTH
I ﬁrst became active in the organisation when I joined UCD Young Fine Gael. I later served on the YFG National Executive as Dublin Organiser from 2003-07, which included setting up new branches across Dublin and encouraging YFG canvassing in the capital. I am currently the Embassy Liaison Oﬃcer on the Young Fine Gael International Committee. I was elected Vice-Chair of Dublin South in 2005, and have also served as Constituency Secretary and previously on the Dublin South General Election Strategy Committee. I have campaigned for a signiﬁcant number of Fine Gael politicians, and I have also competed myself as an Oireachtas candidate. Enda Kenny TD and Young Fine Gael endorsed me for the NUI Panel of the Seanad in 2007. I ran again in 2011. I also put my name forward for the Dublin South General Election Selection Convention in 2010, ultimately won respectively by Olivia Mitchell TD and Alan Shatter TD. I was placed on the Fine Gael MEP Replacement List for the Dublin Euro Constituency in 2009. Aside from politics, I played in international chess tournaments whilst at school and also acquired a Computer Science degree in university. I am currently employed as a software engineer. I am a member of the RDS, European Movement Ireland and the Institute of International and European Aﬀairs. I have a particular liking for political autobiographies and memoirs; The Alan Clark Diaries would be my favourite, with a strong interest also in cinema. The Duellists is my favourite ﬁlm.
Brian Murphy DUBLIN NORTH
Brian believes the Party needs to build on its successes in the last Local and General Elections. The next set of elections will be the ﬁrst we have contested from within Government in seventeen years, and will also be fought on new electoral boundaries. There is a strong need for a close relationship between the Executive Council and the individual Dublin constituencies as we prepare for these elections to ensure Fine Gael achieves the best possible result. There is also a need to enhance further the relationship between the Party in Government and the organisation generally. Brian believes his wide experience in the Party over 25 years, from President of Young Fine Gael in 1986-1988 to serving for the last three years as Chairperson of the Executive Council, would enable him to contribute signiﬁcantly to this task and to being a strong voice for the Dublin membership on the Executive. Brian has been an active member of the Dublin North constituency for over 25 years, including serving as Chairperson, 1999-2003. He served as Director of Elections in Dublin North East in 2007 when Fine Gael won back the seat lost in 2002, and in Dublin North in 2011, where the Party took two seats for the ﬁrst time in nearly 30 years.
Michael Van Turnhout DUBLIN SOUTH
I am an experienced manager in the private sector and a longstanding, passionate member of Fine Gael. I have worked my way up through all levels of the Party and have a proven track record of delivering results. I am looking for re-election to the Executive Council to help ensure a two-term Government.
Barry Walsh DUBLIN NORTH CENTRAL
Barry Walsh (27) was President of Young Fine Gael, 2007-10. He has been a member of Fine Gael since he joined in 2001 at age 16. Since then, he has served in a range of positions at branch, constituency and national level. He previously served as Vice President of YFG (2006-07), Director of Policy (200405) and was a member of the YFG National Executive for six years. Barry is a member of the Dublin North Central constituency, where he was Constituency Organiser from 2008 until the 2011 General Election. His three years as President of YFG marked a period of unprecedented renewal and growth for the organisation with membership reaching a high not seen since the 1980s. During his term he was a vocal advocate for the rights of grassroots members, leading successful YFG campaigns to retain the “one member one vote” system and to secure a third seat for YFG on the Fine Gael Executive Council. The membership of YFG elected Barry as their President on two successive occasions (2007 and 2009), making him the longest serving leader of the organisation since it was founded in 1978. Barry is originally from Mitchelstown, Co. Cork and has lived in Clontarf, Dublin since 2006.
Leo Butler CARLOW/KILKENNY
I am a married father of one from South Kilkenny. For the past 20 years I have worked as an electronics and software engineer for an indigenous Irish company supplying equipment to the world automotive industry. I have been chairperson of SERCHAM (South East Chambers of Commerce), co-author of the SEA 2020 Plan and co-sponsor of the University of the South East application. I have been assistant campaign manager for Deputy John Paul Phelan in European and National Elections. I am Secretary of the Kilmacow Branch, Secretary of the Piltown District and Policy Oﬃcer of the Carlow/Kilkenny Constituency. I have been involved at strategy level for Local, National and European Elections at both district and constituency level. It is my ambition to be part of the national strategy committee for the 2016 General Election. I believe my passion for politics and entrepreneurial experience will be an asset.
Ellen Cogavin MEATH EAST
I am an active member of the Executive Council, representing Ireland East. I am seeking reelection for a second term and am privileged to serve Fine Gael at all levels. I am a successful and enthusiastic Assistant Director of Nursing with the HSE, married to Stephen, with two daughters. In addition to nursing and midwifery qualiﬁcations, I am both a UCD & National Collage of Industrial Relations graduate. I am deeply involved with my community, where I am: An active member of Meath VEC and member of the Boards of Management of three local schools and President of Good Sheppard Conference of the St Vincent de Paul in Dunboyne/Clonee. Chairperson of a committee that secured €1.2 million for a community childcare facility in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. President McAleese oﬃcially opened ﬁrst Steps Community Childcare in January, 2010. Founder of lobby group ‘Patients Together’ in October, 2004. Elected to Meath County Development Board, 2010. Chairperson ‘Men’s Shed’ Project, Dunboyne, 2012.
Moira Finnegan KILDARE SOUTH
• Born into Fine Gael • Secretary of Kildare South Constituency • Management Board 2008 - 2011 • Secretary of Kildare South Task Force 2007-2008 • Director of Elections 1990-2007 • Constituency Organiser 1990-2007 • Branch/Constituency Oﬃcer 1977-2012 • Superdraw Co-ordinator since its inception • Member of Athy Community Council • Retired Assistant Principal, Co Kildare VEC
John Hayes WEXFORD
John is from the Fethard-on-Sea are in the New Ross District of Co Wexford. A life-long active member of Fine Gael, having held numerous positions at Branch, District and Constituency level, and a member of the Leinster European Election Committee for a number of years. Constituency Director of Elections for 14 years, during which time a lot of experience was gained in tallying, opinion polling and electioneering. He contested the Local Elections for Fine Gael in 1985. He has been deeply involved in sporting and community activities over the years and and is current Chairperson of the Cockleshell Art Centre, Duncannon Fort. He has held membership of the Civil Defence, FCA, IFA, GAA and Macra na Feirme. Membership of Executive Council for the past six years, during which time the Party’s Dáil representation increased from 31 to 76 seats is something more than coincidence. He earnestly seeks your vote.
north west candidates
Leonora Carey CLARE
Committed member of Fine Gael since 1989, current Vicechairperson of Clare Constituency. Member of the Executive Council since 2004. Held the position of Vice-chairperson, 2004-2009. Active membership of subcommittees of the Executive Council including: Ard Fheis & Conference, Organisational Review, Constitution & Rules Review and Disciplinary. Active across a range of constituencies in devising strategy and preparation for General Election, 2011. Daughter of Donal Carey, former Minister of State and sister of Joe Carey TD. Director of Elections, European and Local Elections, Dublin Central, 2004. Member of Dublin Central Fine Gael,1997-2007, holding all levels of oﬃcer positions. Founding member of East Clare Young Fine Gael, served on YFG National Executive 1992-96. Strong track record of fairness, independence and hard work on the Executive Council. Responsive to needs of all members. Excellent attendance record since ﬁrst elected.
John Delamere LONGFORD/WESTMEATH
John has been a member of Executive Council since 1996. During this period, he was twice elected unanimously as Chairperson, in 2004 and 2006. He has been a proactive participant in all of the Executive’s activities over the years, serving at various times on Committees such as Disciplinary, Constitution and Rules and Aﬃliations. He also chaired the group which brought forward proposals on the election of the Party Leader, which resulted in councillors and members having a vote. At constituency level, John continues to be involved in a very participative way. He is currently Joint Treasurer of Longford/Westmeath and has been varyingly Organiser, Chairperson and Secretary. He acts as co-ordinator for the annual National Superdraw, which has for many years been a major source of success within the constituency. He was Director of Elections for each of the last three General and Local Elections. John believes the 2011 General Election was the culmination of a huge collective rebuilding exercise by the Party, going back to 2002. He is proud to have played his part in that process through his work on the Executive. Now, as we enter a crucial phase of our period in Government, it is vital that the Executive has members with the necessary organisational experience to steer the Party towards a successful 2014 Local Election campaign and to ultimately drive Fine Gael to the achievement of a second term in government in 2016.
Lorraine Munnelly MAYO
Lorraine was a member of the Strategy Committee responsible for the Party’s success in obtaining four out of ﬁve seats in the Mayo Constituency at the 2011 General Election. She has represented the North West on the Executive Council since 2004, and has served as a member of the Aﬃliation Appeals Committee, in addition to the 2012 Ard Fheis Committee. Lorraine is the brother of Jarlath, a member of Mayo County Council, and daughter of Vincent, a former member of the authority. She was educated at the University of Limerick and Stella Maris Secondary School, Ballycastle, Co Mayo.
Austin Tuﬀy SLIGO/NORTH LEITRIM
Native of Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Educated at Convent of Jesus and Mary, Enniscrone, National Botanic Gardens and University College Dublin. Owns and manages Tuﬀy Landscaping, operating in Sligo, Mayo and Dublin. Involved in Fine Gael in many positions over 30 years. Presently Constituency Secretary to Sligo/North Leitrim, and Chairperson, Dromore District Executive. Previously Constituency Secretary in Dublin Central for six years during 80-90’s.
Mary Danagher LIMERICK
Mary is Chair of the Deel District in Limerick and a former Member of the Executive Council. She has held various oﬃcerships within the Party over many years. First elected to the Executive in 2004, and again in 2007, Mary topped the poll on both occasions. During that time she rose to the challenge of working as part of the Fine Gael team to rebuild the Party. She served on various sub-committees of the Executive, including those of Ard Fheis, Constitution & Rules, and Aﬃliations. She was also a member of the Seanad Selection Committee. The most challenging period for Mary on the Executive was when she chaired the Organisation sub-committee, which successfully led the selection of candidates, many of whom are Oireachtas members today. She did not seek election to the last Executive as she cared for her late mother at home. Mary has a deep knowledge of every Munster constituency, and on the basis of her proven record of commitment, ability and loyalty to the Fine Gael Party, and its Leadership, she is seeking your earnest support. Mary is a self-employed businesswoman, managing her own training company at Raheen Business Park, Limerick.
Maurice Fitzgerald TIPPERARY NORTH
I am standing for re-election to the Executive Council because I believe we are facing into the most important electoral cycle in our history. We have the opportunity to be re-elected to Government for the ﬁrst time ever. To achieve that, we need to be smart about what we do, keep ourselves focused, organised, and approach our challenges with the level of ambition and conﬁdence that we have gained from our recent history. Things never just happen – we made them happen for ourselves this time last year, and I want to use the experience I gained during that time on the Executive Council to make sure we make things happen again. I am currently working in the wholesale telecom sector, based in Plassey Technology Park in Limerick. I live in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary. I am the eldest in the family, with three younger brothers. My interests include current aﬀairs (obviously), but also most types of sport, especially swimming, and I have a keen interest in farming having grown up on a mixed dairy and beef farm. I ask you for your number one this weekend, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported/helped and advised me during my time in Fine Gael so far. Age: 27 Profession: Accountancy. Education: UCC (BSc Finance) – St Fintan’s CBS (Doon, Co Limerick).
Garret Kelleher CORK NORTH WEST
FG Constituency Organiser (Cork North West ) and Chair of Ballincollig Branch. Graduated from UCC with a BComm Hons (Economics, International Political Systems and German), in 2001. Worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg on the Commission’s Taskforce on Bioterrorism, and also served on the European Health Security Committee and the European Stockpiling Committee. Currently working as a Regional Manager with a New Zealand based medical devices company, while completing a Master’s degree in Government at UCC. Gaeilgeóir and ﬂuent German speaker.
Cian Kelly LIMERICK CITY
Cian is a 30 year-old barrister from Limerick City. Currently, Cian is Limerick City Constituency Chairman and was previously Co-Treasurer. He has also been actively involved in the Limerick City Constituency electoral strategy committees for European, Dáil and Local Elections. Cian was actively involved in Fine Gael in Galway West, at Constituency Executive level, while a student at UCG, where he was Chairman of the college branch of YFG.
He was also a member of the YFG National Executive from 2001-2003. Outside of politics Cian is actively involved in sport through GAA, rugby and soccer. “I am running for the Executive Council as I feel it must be the driving force in ensuring we continue as the largest political party in Ireland, in the Oireachtas and Local Government. “I feel I am the best candidate to voice the opinions of the grassroots members on how we can achieve this.”
Nuala O’Neill CORK EAST
Nuala O’Neill has more than 30 years dedicated service to Fine Gael at local, constituency, regional and national level. She has the track record and commitment to continue to represent the interests of all Party members on the Executive Council, and to ensure the highest standards of management and governance of the Fine Gael Party.
parlimentary party candidates
Lucinda Creighton TD DUBLIN SOUTH EAST
Lucinda Creighton TD is the Minister for European Aﬀairs. She was ﬁrst elected to the Dáil in 2007 for the constituency of Dublin South East and was reelected in 2011. In Opposition, she served as Spokesperson on European Aﬀairs (2007-10) and on Immigration, Integration and Equality (2010-11). She was previously a member of Dublin City Council, 2004-07. A native of Claremorris, Co Mayo, Lucinda studied at Trinity College Dublin and is a Barrister at Law. Lucinda has been a member of the Fine Gael Executive Council, representing the Parliamentary Party, since 2008.
Senator Maurice Cummins WATERFORD
• Elected to Waterford City Council, 1979 • Elected to Seanad Éireann, 2002 • Appointed Leader of Seanad Éireann, 2011 • Mayor of Waterford, 1995/96 • Former Member of E.U. Committee of the Regions • Former Member of General Council of Councils • Former Member of Regional Authority • Married to Anne with two children, John (a Fine Gael Councillor) and Fiona.
Charles Flanagan LAOIS/OFFALY
Charlie Flanagan is a TD for Laois/Oﬀaly and is Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party. He previously served as Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesperson on Children and Justice, Equality and Law Reform. He was opposition Chief Whip on two occasions under John Bruton’s Leadership. Charlie Flanagan was a member of the Executive Council of Fine Gael from 1998 to 2002.
Martin Heydon KILDARE SOUTH
Martin Heydon TD is a 33 year-old TD for Kildare South and Chairperson of Fine Gael’s internal Agriculture Committee. He was elected to Dáil Éireann in February, 2011 on his ﬁrst attempt, topping the poll, and receiving the highest percentage vote in the country. Martin previously served on Kildare County Council and worked as a farmer.
Council of Local Public Representatives Candidates
Cllr Humphrey Deegan CORK SOUTH WEST
As a Fine Gael Town Councillor in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, since 2009, I was honoured to be co-opted onto the Executive Council to replace Senator Martin Conway in 2011. I currently serve on the board of Cork County VEC and am Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee. I am married to Margaret and we have four young children. I would very much appreciate your support to be re-elected to the Executive Council.
Cllr Laura McGonigle CORK SOUTH CENTRAL
Cllr Laura McGonigle joined Fine Gael in 2002. She is a Cork City councillor since 2007 and believes hard work at local level, and close cooperation with Fine Gael at parliamentary and national level, is key to the ongoing progress of the party. She is committed to the Fine Gael goal of making Ireland a strong and proud country once again.
Cllr Seán McKiernan CAVAN/MONAGHAN
Cllr Seán McKiernan (30) is a member of Cavan County Council since 2007 and is currently Chairman of the authority. He is Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council, elected to represent Councillors since 2009, and the voluntary Party organisation in Ireland North West from 2002-2009. As Cavan/Monaghan National Draw Coordinator, the constituency achieved the second highest sales in the country.
Financial Review of the Fine Gael Revenue Accounts for 2010
The cyclical nature of political activity, and in particularly political elections, is reﬂected in the Party’s accounts for 2010. With a General Election around the corner, and a Presidential Election scheduled for the Autumn of 2011, the Party used 2010 as a year in which to stabilise ﬁnances and to put funds in place for the expensive election year of 2011. The total income of the Party reduced in the period from €5.809m to €5.716m, a reduction of €93k. National Oﬃce overheads reduced by approximately €700k due mainly to the absence of elections and an Ard Fheis in 2010. Other, non-headquarters expenses, reduced by €1.14m due to the absence of any campaign or election in 2010. The operating surplus for the year was €1.28m, due mainly to the retention of self-generated funds of €881,717. Our National Draw remains the Party’s biggest source of self-generated funds for both the Party nationally and locally, with signiﬁcant funding year-on-year rebated to constituencies. As a result of preparation for the General Election, the Party’s net cash position increased from a minus of €918,280 to a net positive balance of €359,453. The Trustees obtained a valuation of the Party’s premises at 51 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2 from DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald in February 2011, and have recognised a reduction in the conveyancing value of the property of €1.44m to €2m. The opening deﬁcit of €1,339,140 was reduced to €107,014 at the end of 2010. Before the end of 2010 the Trustees put in place a borrowing facility to meet the Party’s need in relation to the General Election of 2011. In total, a borrowing facility of €3m was sourced, but only €1.5m was drawn down. The net debt at the end of 2011 was €1.235m with cash in bank at €0.715m. The Party’s ﬁnances will continue to reﬂect the cyclical nature of political activity as we target 2012 and 2013 as debt reduction years as we prepare for the Local and European Elections in 2014.
TOM CURRAN GENERAL SECRETARY
REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010
2010 € OIREACHTAS GRANT – PARTY LEADER Income Expenditure Surplus/(Deﬁcit) OIREACHTAS GRANT - ELECTORAL ACT Income Expenditure Surplus/(Deﬁcit) PARTY INCOME Income Expenditure Surplus/(Deﬁcit) Total Surplus/(Deﬁcit) for the year Balance brought forward Balance carried forward 1,232,032 (350,315) 881,717 1,232,126 (1,339,140) (107,014) 1,313,196 (1,493,625) (180,429) (502,910) (836,230) (1,339,140) 1,574,916 (1,546,940) 27,976 1,574,916 (1,685,529) (110,613) 2,909,462 (2,587,029) 322,433 2,921,386 (3,133,254) (211,868) 2009 €
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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010
1. OIREACHTAS GRANT – PARTY LEADER 2010 € Oireachtas grant – Party Leaders Allowance 2. OIREACHTAS GRANT – ELECTORAL ACT Oireachtas grant – Electoral Act 3. PARTY INCOME 2010 € Aﬃliation fees Party fund National draw Donations Special events and other income 392,633 104,735 595,112 19,050 120,502 1,232,032 2009 € 407,272 100,314 601,343 19,467 184,800 1,313,196 1,574,916 1,574,916 2,909,462 2009 € 2,921,386
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010
4. OIREACHTAS GRANT – PARTY LEADER EXPENDITURE 2010 € Headquarters salaries, beneﬁts and related costs Leader’s oﬃce Consultancy fees Printing oﬃce Press oﬃce and publicity Dublin oﬃce Ard Fheis and conferences Youth oﬃce Repairs, maintenance, cleaning and security Depreciation of oﬃce furniture and equipment Rates and insurances Telephone Computer supplies and maintenance Audit fees Travel, meetings and subsistence Legal and professional fees Depreciation of buildings Depreciation of computer equipment Depreciation of motor vehicles Stationery supplies Subscriptions and donations Staﬀ training and development Light and heat Bank interest and charges Postage, couriers and taxis Motor expenses Papers, magazines and ﬂowers Women’s development programme Staﬀ recruitment/temporary staﬀ 564,778 843,569 254,828 76,927 308,368 142,472 74,258 70,240 15,631 39,371 32,100 22,498 16,431 15,805 14,689 22,553 18,000 9,151 14,231 4,471 8,498 560 4,932 3,912 3,321 3,344 1,769 322 2,587,029 2009 € 604,993 957,214 427,129 114,215 362,320 142,915 145,787 66,821 41,401 40,976 30,997 25,340 22,546 18,081 17,580 16,432 18,000 15,017 14,231 10,323 9,073 8,588 7,776 6,374 2,982 2,786 1,926 1,247 183 3,133,254
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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010
5.OIREACHTAS GRANT – ELECTORAL ACT EXPENDITURE 2010 € Headquarters salaries, beneﬁts and related costs Printing oﬃce Constituency expenses Dublin oﬃce Youth oﬃce Repairs, maintenance, cleaning and security Depreciation of oﬃce furniture and equipment Rates and insurances Telephone Computer supplies and maintenance Audit fees Travel, meetings and subsistence Legal and professional fees Depreciation of buildings Depreciation of computer equipment Depreciation of motor vehicles Stationery supplies Subscriptions and donations Staﬀ training and development Light and heat Hire purchase/ﬁnance lease interest Bank interest and charges Postage, couriers and taxis Motor expenses Papers, magazines and ﬂowers Women’s development programme Staﬀ recruitment/temporary staﬀ 630,240 179,495 294,413 132,473 65,311 14,535 26,247 29,847 20,920 15,277 14,695 13,659 20,971 12,000 6,101 9,488 4,157 7,902 520 4,586 32,323 3,638 3,088 3,109 1,645 300 1,546,940 2009 € 624,625 266,502 281,509 133,777 62,549 38,753 27,317 29,015 23,719 21,105 16,925 16,455 15,382 12,000 10,012 9,488 9,662 8,492 8,039 7,278 48,418 5,967 2,792 2,607 1,803 1,168 171 1,685,529
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010
6. PARTY EXPENDITURE 2010 € Campaigns and elections Fundraising Aﬃliation expenses Interest on bank borrowings 128,553 168,749 12,432 40,581 350,315 BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2010 2010 € FIXED ASSETS Tangible assets Memorabilia at cost CURRENT ASSETS Debtors Cash at bank Cash in hand CREDITORS: AMOUNTS FALLING DUE WITHIN ONE YEAR NET CURRENT ASSETS CREDITORS: AMOUNTS FALLING DUE AFTER ONE YEAR 1,922,273 REPRESENTED BY: Capital reserve Revaluation reserve Premises fund REVENUE ACCOUNT 426,986 1,541,276 61,025 2,029,287 (107,014) 1,922,273 2,130,047 12,337 2,142,384 611,158 897,775 1,391 1,510,324 (1,730,435) (220,111) 1,922,273 2009 € 3,675,932 12,337 3,688,269 547,288 188,319 199 735,806 (1,759,986) (1,024,180) 2,664,089 (533,942) 2,130,147 426,986 2,981,276 61,025 3,469,287 (1,339,140) 2,130,147 2009 € 1,224,842 206,264 15,692 46,827
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motions for debate
FRIDAY: 8:00 – 9:30 AUDITORIUM
NEW ERA IN CHILD PROTECTION 1. That this Ard Fheis, noting the shameful and appalling treatment of children in church and State care in the past, calls on the Minister for Children to outline the timeframe for placing the “Children First” guidelines on a statutory basis so that members of society know what to do if they have concerns about a child and to ensure that organisations and individuals are required to report abuse. Caragh Branch, Kildare South. 2. That this Ard Fheis endorses a YES vote in the constitutional referendum on Children planned for later this year. Swords Branch, Dublin North 3. That this Ard Fheis supports the ongoing reform of Ireland’s child and family services, and in particular calls for an increased focus on family support so as to protect children and to seek, where possible, to prevent children from being taken into care. Michael Howard Branch, Ennis, Clare 4. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to ensure that parents have a say in the patronage of existing and future primary and secondary schools in their localities. Terenure Branch, Dublin South East 5. That this Ard Fheis recognises the vital importance of primary schools in rural communities and calls on the Government to recognise the social and community value of small schools. Tuam Branch, Galway East 6. That this Ard Fheis acknowledges the signiﬁcant contribution SNAs make to a pupil’s education and calls on the Government to ringfence the funding to this area. Young Fine Gael, Dublin South 7. That this Ard Fheis proposes that it should be mandatory for all schools to have an antibullying charter, with a dedicated section relating to cyber bullying and the establishment of a text service. DCU YFG 8. That this Ard Fheis is committed to a system of Student Loans, as an eﬃcient means of funding third level education. YFG National Executve
SATURDAY: 9:30 – 10:45
FINE GAEL CONSTITUTION & RULES AND ORGANISATION AMENDMENT 1 Conﬁrmation of alteration to Constitution & Rules pursuant to rule 67(c) “That the amendment to Rules 39(e) and 44A (xxvi) respectively, adopted by the Executive Council on 19th April 2010, the terms of which are set out below is hereby conﬁrmed; 1. That Rule 39(e) be deleted, and replace by the words: Only those members who are eligible to vote in accordance with Rules 24(i) and 35(ii)(a) shall be eligible to seek election as a member of Executive Council. 2. That the words “Without prejudice to the operation of Rule 44A(xxvi) hereunder” be deleted from Rules 15(vii) and 24. Executive Council AMENDMENT 2 County Executives “That a new Rule 26A be inserted as follows; Where a Dail Constituency comprises more than one county, separate County Executives may be established in the diﬀerent counties (or parts of counties) in that constituency. The provisions of rule 22 shall apply to the functioning of such County Executive, as if reference to “District Executive” therein were references to “County Executive” and as if reference to District were a reference to the county or part thereof. If as a result of a re-organisation of constituencies, the counties or parts of counties cease to be associated in the one constituency, all matters concerned with an existing County Executive shall be determined by that County Executive with the agreement of Executive Council (or in case the matter relates to ﬁnancial issues with the agreement of Executive Council and of the Trustees)”. Executive Council AMENDMENT 3 Deﬁnitions That the following reference in the Constitution & Rules be amended; 1) any remaining reference to National Agricultural Advisory Committee be changed to “National Agricultural, Food & Rural Development Forum” 2) all references to “Leader of the Party” or “Leader of the Parliamentary Party” be changed to “Party Leader” save for the references in rule 49(i)(a) and that the words “(in these rules referred to as the Party Leader)” be added at the end of the ﬁrst sentence of rule 49(i)(a)
3) that the references in rules 16, 22(v) and 32(ii) to “year” shall be altered to “calendar year” Executive Council AMENDMENT 4 Aﬃliation Appeals That Rule 14 (viii) be amended by substituting the words “within one month of the date of the lodgment of an appeal” for the words “by 15 June” and by substituting the words “ 31 October” for the words “15 September”. Executive Council AMENDMENT 5 Disability & Equality Oﬃcer That Rule 29 be amended by deleting the words, “ Disability and Equality Oﬃcer” from the ﬁrst paragraph of rule 29 (i), by deleting the words “and of a Disability and Equality Oﬃcer,” from the second paragraph of rule 29(i) and by deleting the words, “Disability and Equality Oﬃcer” from rule 29(iii). Executive Council AMENDMENT 6 Parliamentary Party That Rule 54(d)(v) be amended to read “Election of four members of the Parliamentary Party to the Executive Council by and from its membership at the Ard Fheis”, that a new Rule 54(d)(vi) be added being “(vi) Election of two members (who shall not be members of the Parliamentary Party) to the Executive Council elected by the Council of Local Representatives by and from its membership at the Ard Fheis” and by the consequent renumbering of Rule 54(d)(vi) to (x) and any other relevant cross reference in these Rules. Executive Council AMENDMENT 7 Preparation of accounts That Rule 22(v) and rule 32(ii) be amended by replacing the wording two Oﬃcers by two Treasurers. Executive Council AMENDMENT 8 Bye-Election Candidate That rule 35(e) be amended to read as follows: In any Dáil Bye Election, the names of Candidates who may be nominated shall, unless the Executive Council otherwise decides, be furnished to the Executive Council by the Constituency Executive at least fourteen days before the Convention. Only Candidates so nominated and approved by the Executive Council shall be submitted to the Constituency Convention. Such a Convention shall select a Candidate from among the names so submitted. Executive Council AMENDMENT 9 Names of Local Authorities That rule 56(a) be amended to read as follows;
“There shall be established a Council of Local Representatives of the Party of which members of City, County, Borough and Town Councils and Údarás Na Gaeltachta taking the Party whip shall be members. Executive Council AMENDMENT 10 Correction of text That a new rule 67(d) be added as follows; “Notwithstanding (a) and (b) above, the Executive Council shall have the power to make amendments to this Constitution & Rules solely in the following circumstances; 1) to correct any error in cross referencing which arises following the adoption of alterations in accordance with rule 67(a) and (b); 2) to correct references to the names of bodies referred to in this Constitution & Rules where such bodies have been re-named or replaced by bodies with similar function”. Executive Council ORGANISATION MOTION 1 Special Conference to review Constitution & Rules “That the Executive Council be mandated to review the Constitution & Rules such a review to include rule 2, 7, 14,17,18,22,35(e), 53 and any rule related thereto with a view to recommending whether any changes to the Constitution & Rules be adopted. If the Executive Council so determines, following its review of the Constitution and Rules, that a change should be submitted to the organisation for consideration, it is hereby authorised if it so recommends, to convene a Special Meeting pursuant to rule 67(a)(ii) for purpose of considering any relevant amendment”. Executive Council
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SATURDAY: 10:45 – 1:00 AUDITORIUM
GETTING IRELAND BACK TO WORK 1. That this Ard Fheis welcomes the publication of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and calls on the Government to deliver on its commitment to make Ireland the best small country in which to start a business by 2016. Raheny Branch, Dublin North Central 2. That this Ard Fheis asks the Government to deliver on its goal of reducing red tape on small businesses which provide jobs for a large proportion of the population. Dunboyne Branch, Meath East 3. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to take steps to improve the ﬂow of credit to business. Swords Branch, Dublin North
4. That this Ard Fheis supports the Government’s proposals for retraining and reskilling of the unemployed into targeting areas that meet the needs of the labour market. Carnaross Branch, Meath West 5. That this Ard Fheis welcomes the Government’s focus on entrepreneurship in the ‘action plan for jobs’ and asks for a speedy rollout of measures to support existing entrepreneurs and inspire new ones. Willington Branch, Dublin South West 6. That this Ard Fheis appreciates the Government’s renewed emphasis on supporting the agri-food sector and tourism sector, two sectors of the economy which can aid economic recovery in all parts of the country, and urges more policy initiatives in these sectors. Ballyhale Branch, Carlow/Kilkenny 7. That this Ard Fheis asks the Government to accelerate the policy of providing help and support for Irish businesses to export to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) which are experiencing growth and are a huge potential market for Irish business, especially the agriculture industry. Fethard Templetown Branch, Wexford 8. This Ard Fheis welcomes the steps taken by the new Government to develop the tourist sector, the initial signs of recovery in employment in the sector and calls for the retention of the new reduced rate of VAT of 9% and for the completion of reforms of the Joint Labour Committee structure. Kinnity Branch, Laois Oﬀaly 9. This Ard Fheis strongly supports the implementation of the European Commission’s “Horizon 2020” plan to assist Member States with €80 billion of investment in research and innovation and calls on the Government to maximise the potential for jobs and growth which can ﬂow to Ireland from this investment. Griﬃth Collins Branch, Dublin North Central 10. That this Ard Fheis asks the Government to consider not withdrawing the halving of the jobs tax (lower rate of PRSI) at the end of 2013, as presently scheduled, in order to boost employment, as the OECD have recommended. John Kelly Branch, Rathfarnham, Dublin South 11. That this Ard Fheis urges the Government in its management of the public ﬁnances to place a greater emphasis on reducing day-to-day public spending, rather than reducing spending on infrastructure or increasing tax. Cobh Branch, Cork East 12. That this Ard Fheis urges the Government to increase investment in and use of information technology across the public sector, promoting the sharing of data where appropriate, as a
means to increase eﬃciency in our day-to-day public spending. Michael Collins Branch, Bray, Wicklow 13. That this Ard Fheis supports the Government’s achievements in meeting its public ﬁnances targets without increasing income tax or corporation tax, and recommends the Government continue this policy in order to bring conﬁdence and recovery to the economy. Bishopstown South Branch, Cork South Central 14. That this Ard Fheis asks the Government to ringfence proceeds from property taxation for local services and job creation initiatives. Taylor’s Hill Kingston Branch, Galway West
SATURDAY: 1:00 – 2:00 AUDITORIUM
ENSURING HEALTH REFORM 1. That this Ard Fheis asks the Minister for Health how he intends to maintain and improve services to patients against a backdrop of cuts of €2.5bn to the Health budget over recent years. Laurel Lodge Branch, Dublin West 2. That this Ard Fheis proposes that the Minister for Health prioritises mental health services in the community and in particular direct resources to suicide prevention organisations in the community. Ballyshannon Branch, Donegal South West 3. That this Ard Fheis renews its commitment to build a Children’s Hospital, and that a planning application be submitted for the development swiftly, once the location has been decided by the Review Group. Dublin South West Constituency Executive 4. That this Ard Fheis proposes that the Minister for Health introduces new career opportunities for our highly trained newly qualiﬁed doctors, nurses and physiotherapists so that we can retain their skills to serve patients in Ireland. Glasnevin Branch, Dublin Central 5. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Health to provide extra resources for the care of Cystic Fibrosis patients and outline to this Ard Fheis what new facilities he intends to provide for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. Conahy Branch, Carlow Kilkenny 6. This Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Health to outline when and how he will provide an Air Ambulance service for the North West of Ireland and, in particular, for residents of Roscommon. Boyle Branch, Roscommon/South Leitirm 7. That this Ard Fheis recommends that hospitals operate on weekends in the same manner as on weekdays, thus providing an up
to 30% increase in bed days and outpatient treatments. Dublin South Constituency Executive 8. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to support a more targeted form of Child Beneﬁt which protects the most vulnerable in society. Dublin South Constituency Executive 9. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to enter consultations with Carer Groups once a draft version of a new Carers’ Strategy is published. Bundoran Branch, Donegal South West
reform and calls on the Government to continue to implement the recommendations of the Moriarty and Mahon reports. John Boland Skerries Branch, Dublin North Related motion: Dublin South Constituency Executive
SATURDAY: 1:30 – 2:30
WICKLOW HALL 2A
IRELAND’S PLACE IN EUROPE 1. This Ard Fheis calls for the oﬃces of the President of the European Council and the President of the EU Commission to be merged into one oﬃce which would be directly elected by the people of Europe. This would be an important ﬁrst step in bringing greater democratic accountability to the EU institutions. Brussels Branch 2. This Ard Fheis calls on the Government to engage with other EU member states to implement real and lasting reform of the EU treaties and institutions to better equip them for future political and economic crises, to ensure that the political paralysis of the last two years can never be repeated. YFG National Executive 3. This Ard Fheis calls for the European Central Bank to be made directly accountable to the European Council, and for the introduction of Eurobonds (bonds issued and guaranteed by the 17 members of the Eurozone) as the only way of eﬀectively tackling the European sovereign debt crisis. Terenure Branch, Dublin South East 4. This Ard Fheis calls on the Government to explore radical options to boost trade between the US and the EU, including the abolition of a range of tariﬀs which exist between the two trading blocs. Such reforms could be worth billions to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic, with Ireland being best placed geographically to beneﬁt . Brussels Branch 5. This Ard Fheis believes that the actions of the Syrian regime in attacking and killing innocent civilians represent crimes against humanity, and that the deliberate obstruction of UN action by Russia and China are an aﬀront to the world. Knocknavilla Branch, Cork North West 6. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to restore the resident embassy accredited to the Vatican when economic circumstances permit. Longford/Westmeath Constituency Executive
SATURDAY: 1:00 – 2:00
WICKLOW HALL 1
DRIVING POLITICAL & CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM 1. That this Ard Fheis welcomes the establishment of the Constitutional Convention and asks that its work programme commence immediately ensuring that the views of citizens in Ireland and abroad are taken into account as well as holding the Convention in diﬀerent locations for greater accessibility for the public. Aghabog Branch, Cavan Monaghan 2. This Ard Fheis supports the Government’s Oireachtas Reform agenda which is the most radical reform of our parliamentary system since the foundation of the State and calls on the Government to continue its policy of extending the number of Dáil sitting days. Ballyphehane Branch, Cork South Central 3. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Taoiseach to set a timeframe for a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. Whitechurch Branch, Cork North Central 4. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Oireachtas to examine the leaders’ allowance for independent TDs and senators. Dublin South East Constituency Executive 5. This Ard Fheis requests the Government to consider the ﬁtness for purpose of the Croke Park Agreement. YFG National Executive Related motions: DCU YFG Dublin South East Constituency Executive Pearse Morris Branch, Dublin South 6. This Ard Fheis urges the Government to continue its work in streamlining and standardisation of the public tender process and asks that requirements to qualify for tenders be simpliﬁed for small businesses. Pearse Morris Branch, Dublin South 7. That this Ard Fheis commends the Government for its action to date on political
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SATURDAY: 2:00 – 3:30 AUDITORIUM
GROWING SUSTAINABLE JOBS 1. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Agriculture to ensure that Ireland gets a fair deal in the 2013 CAP negotiations and ensures the distribution of payments for farmers provide the basis for a strong future for agriculture and encourages young farmers to pursue a career in farming. Ballinlough Branch, Roscommon South Leitrim Related motions: Ennis District, Clare 2. That this Ard Fheis calls on Fine Gael in Government to ensure that Irish farmers and the Irish food industry are ready to capitalise on the abolition of dairy quotas in 2015 and that new markets are fully explored to ensure that there isn’t a price crash after 2015. Courtmacsherry Branch, Cork South West 3. That this Ard Fheis recognises the work by the Minister to date in relation to farm partnerships and calls on the Minister to continue to work to ensure that the number of farm partnerships in Ireland increases, particularly with regard to the number of new young farmers and the abolition of dairy quotas in 2015. Annagassan Dillonstown Branch, Louth 4. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister to ensure that all sectors of the food and drink industry work together to achieve the targets of Food Harvest 2020 given the importance of the Agri Food industry to Ireland’s economic recovery and give focus to the improvement and capacity of the industry in the years after that. Pembroke Branch, Dublin South East Related motion: Ballinlough Branch, Roscommon/South Leitrim 5. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister of State for Agriculture to outline what potential he sees for the horticulture and forestry sector over the next four years. Rhode Branch, Laois/Oﬀaly 6. That this Ard Fheis calls on Fine Gael in Government to outline proposals to alleviate barriers to young farmers entering Agricultural college, including, given Agriculture’s importance to Ireland’s economy, seeking ﬂexibility with regard to recruitment for teachers, and opposes the inclusion of assets for college grant means testing currently being proposed. Laois YFG, Laois/Oﬀaly 7. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Agriculture to outline his views on the changes needed within the structure of Irish agriculture in order to progress and expand the industry
and calls on Fine Gael in Government to reform and continue to drive for eﬃciency and better service delivery for all those working within the Agri-food industry. Carysfort Priory Branch, Dun Laoghaire
SATURDAY: 2:00 – 3:30
WICKLOW HALL 1
PLANNING FOR A BETTER FUTURE 1. That this Ard Fheis supports a fundamental overhaul and reform of local government and calls upon the Government to strive for increased eﬃciencies in local government, to devolve more functions to local authorities and to introduce an equitable property tax to fund local government. Greystones Branch, Wicklow Related motion: Dublin South East Constituency Executive 2. That this Ard Fheis recognises that water reforms will not only provide the basis for a world class water service, but will also provide a much needed stimulus for the construction sector, and calls upon Government to ensure that opportunities for indigenous enterprise to win business in the procurement of the water metering and investment programme are maximised. Corbally Branch, Limerick City 3. That this Ard Fheis supports the importance of increased provision of social housing and calls upon Government to step up engagement with NAMA to identify and secure housing stock for the purposes of meeting social housing need. Tullamore Branch, Laois/Oﬀaly 4. That this Ard Fheis supports the Programme for Government commitment to introduce a national building inspectorate service and calls upon Government to introduce a more robust ﬁre safety inspection and certiﬁcation regime for buildings to increase consumer protection. Dollymouny/Hollybrook Branch, Dublin North Central NEWERA 5. That this Ard Fheis, mindful of the constrained position of the national ﬁnances, commits Fine Gael in Government to using some proceeds from the sale of non-strategic State assets for new investment in next generation infrastructure for water, energy and communications which will create jobs and improve the Irish economy. Michael Collins Branch, Bray, Wicklow Related motion: Greystones Branch 6. That this Ard Fheis recognises the value of high speed broadband to the Irish economy, especially in rural areas, and commits Fine Gael
in Government to working with the private sector to ensure the availability of aﬀordable next generation broadband to all regions of Ireland to help create jobs and new businesses. Monaghan YFG, Cavan/Monaghan TRANSPORT 7. This Ard Fheis welcomes the decision to integrate the rail system in Dublin by including the connecting of the Luas lines and the extension of the line to Broombridge in the Government Capital programme through to 2016 and calls for work on this project to start as soon as possible. Stoneybatter Branch, Dublin Central 8. This Ard Fheis calls for the Government to develop a viable plan for the future ownership and operation of Shannon Airport over the next few months. New Quay/Bellharbour Branch, Clare 9. This Ard Fheis welcomes the recent decision of the Government to sell the remaining State stake in Aer Lingus at a time when market conditions are favourable and an acceptable price can be achieved. Dublin West Constituency Executive 10. This Ard Fheis believes that in addressing their current ﬁnancial diﬃculties the CIE Group of companies need to prioritise the reduction of their costs over further fare increases and service reductions. YFG National Executive
Authority to provide independent regulation of the legal profession and calls on the Government to uphold and protect consumers’ rights and interests as well as providing for new opportunities for newly qualiﬁed lawyers. Dublin South East Constituency Executive 2. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to tackle, as a matter of urgency, the issue of widespread unsustainable personal debt. Dublin North West Constituency Executive 3. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Justice to ensure that resources are managed in such a way as to enable the Gardaí to prioritise organised crime and drugs. Cosgrave/Mitchell Branch, Dublin South Central 4. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to do everything possible to enable the DPP’s oﬃce to prosecute white collar crime in the interests of justice and to ensure that lessons have been learned from the past and that there are suﬃcient deterrents in place to prevent large scale white collar criminality or gross professional negligence in corporate entities. Woodquay Tyrellon Branch, Galway West 5. That this Ard Fheis welcomes the enactment of the Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) Act 2011 which requires judges, when imposing a sentence of 1 year or less, to consider a Community Service Order as an alternative to a custodial sentence and calls on the Minister for Justice and the Government to implement Fine Gael policy by providing for electronic tagging for high risk sex oﬀenders on their release from prison to reduce the risk of reoﬀending. Dublin South Constituency Executive Related motion: Dublin South East Constituency Executive 6. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Justice to review the consistency of sentencing for serious crimes as well as the prison or detention environment of such serious criminals. Boherbue Branch, Kerry North/West Limerick 7. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to ensure in this time of limited resources, that the Defence Force structures are modernised and that the Forces are organised in a way which allows them to best continue their important work at home and on overseas missions. Marley Branch, Dublin South 8. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to ensure that the Constitutional Convention prioritises an analysis of the proposals for same-sex marriage in Ireland. General Richard Mulcahy and Baldoyle/ Portmarnock Branch Related motion: DCU YFG
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SATURDAY: 3:30 – 4:30 AUDITORIUM
THE EUROPEAN STABILITY TREATY 1. This Ard Fheis calls on the Fine Gael party to campaign for a resounding Yes vote in the referendum on the Fiscal Stability Treaty and believes that its ratiﬁcation will provide the certainty, stability and conﬁdence which is urgently required by Irish businesses and by international markets and lenders. Garret FitzGerald Sandymount Branch, Dublin South East Related motions: Dublin South East Constituency Executive Terenure Branch, Dublin South East Brussels Branch
SATURDAY: 3:30 – 4:30
WICKLOW HALL 1
TOWARDS A SAFER, MORE SECURE IRELAND 1. That this Ard Fheis welcomes the radical reforms proposed in the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 which will modernise the legal profession, bring greater transparency to legal costs and establish a new Legal Services Regulatory
9. That this Ard Fheis is conscious of the growing problem of identity theft and other threats online, and asks the Minister for Justice if he will act with urgency, to give certainty and clarity to the public, by way of legislating for the necessary aspects of the Budapest Convention on Cyber Crime. Griﬃth Collins Branch, Dublin NC
IRISH LANGUAGE AND GAELTACHT 7. Aithníonn an Ard-Fheis seo gur cuid riachtanach dár gcultúr agus dár n-oidhreacht í an Ghaeilge, fáiltíonn sí roimh thiomantas an Rialtais athchóiriú iomlán a dhéanamh ar an mbealach ina múintear Gaeilge ag an mbunleibhéal agus ag an meánleibhéal, le béim ar leith ar an nGaeilge labhartha, agus iarrann sí ar an Rialtas tacaíocht a thabhairt do thionscnaimh lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht chun úsáid na teanga a fhorbairt chun na haidhmeanna atá leagtha amach sa Straitéis 20 Blian don Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn. 7. This Ard Fheis recognises the Irish language as an essential part of our culture and heritage, welcomes the Government’s undertaking to thoroughly reform the way that Irish is taught at primary and secondary level, with particular emphasis on spoken Irish, and calls on the Government to support initiatives outside of the Gaeltacht to develop the use of the language in order to progress aims set out in the 20 year strategy for the language. Swords Branch, Dublin North Related motion: DCU YFG 8. Iarrann an Ard Fheis seo ar an Rialtas tacaíocht a thabhairt do chruthú fostaíochta sa Ghaeltacht trí infheistiú in Údarás na Gaeltachta agus sna réimsí fuinnimh, leathan-bhanda agus uisce le deiseanna fostaíochta a chur ar fáil do chainteoirí Gaeilge i gceantair Ghaeltachta. 8. This Ard Fheis calls on the Government to support job creation in the Gaeltacht through investment in Údarás na Gaeltachta and in energy, broadband and water in order to provide job opportunities for Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas. Baile Bhuirne/Cuil Aodha Branch, Cork North West 9. Iarrann an Ard Fheis seo ar an Rialtas reachtaíocht a thabhairt chun tosaigh a thabharfaidh sainmhíniú ar cheantair Ghaeltachta bunaithe ar ghnéithe teangeolaíochta agus go leagfaidh an Rialtas amach na critéir atá riachtanach le go mbainﬁdh ceantar stádas Gaeltachta amach. 9. This Ard Fhes calls on the Government to bring forward legislation that will deﬁne Gaeltacht areas based on linguistic considerations and set out the criteria required for an area to achieve Gaeltacht status. Barna/Furbo/Cois Fharraige Branch, Galway West
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PROMOTING IRISH CULTURE & SPORT 1. That Fine Gael in Government would encourage the promotion of philanthropy in the Arts in order to attract more funding from the private sector. Killarney Branch, Kerry South 2. That this Ard Fheis recognises the contribution of the Arts to Irish culture, welcomes the maintenance of funding for the Arts Council at current levels and calls for this to continue. Dunshaughlin Branch, Meath East 3. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to adopt an inclusive approach for the island of Ireland to the “National Commemorations Programme: Decade of Centenaries 2012 2022”, which will mark the period from the introduction of John Redmond’s third Home Rule Bill in April 1912 to the signing of the Treaty. Pembroke Branch, Dublin South East SPORT 4. This Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Sport, in the forthcoming allocation of Sports Capital Grants, to give preference to those applications which are labour intensive, focus on the repair of existing facilities and on facilities which have a multi-sport usage. Kilmallock Branch, Limerick 5. This Ard Fheis calls on the Minister for Education and the Minister for Sport to work together to introduce Sport as an examinable subject at second level. Achill YFG, Mayo 6. That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to work with the IRFU in developing a bid for the Rugby world cup in 2023. James Reidy City Centre Branch, Limerick City
New Fine gael TDs & Senators
Tom Barry TD
Tom was ﬁrst elected to Cork County Council in 2009 before being elected to the Dáil in 2011. Having started his own business before entering politics, Tom works hard to support local businesses. He supports the work of the Irish Guidedog Association in his home town of Mallow by fundraising on its behalf. A huge soccer fan, Tom goes to see Manchester United play at least once a year. He also loves spending time in West Cork and holidays in Rosscarbery every year.
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Senator Terry Brennan
Terry was ﬁrst elected to Louth County Council in 1985 and was re-elected in every election up until he was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. He also ran in two General Elections in 1997 and 2002. Terry is currently the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Tourism and Sport.
Senator Colm Burke
CORK NORTH CENTRAL
Colm is the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Health. Colm was a member of Cork County Council from 1995 to 2007 and was Lord Mayor of Cork in 2003. He was a member of the European Parliament for the Ireland South Constituency between 2007 and 2009, and served on various EP committees. Colm is a native of Dripsey and was educated in De La Salle College, Macroom and University College Cork, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1982.
Ray Butler TD
Ray’s career in politics began when he was elected to Trim Town Council in 2004, topping the poll. In 2009 he again topped the Town Council poll and also topped the Trim Area County Council poll with the highest percentage vote by an elected County Councillor in all of Meath. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011. Ray sits on the Board of Management for three local schools. Ray is married to Marie and they have four children. He is also Chairman of the Trim St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Jerry Buttimer TD
CORK SOUTH CENTRAL
Jerry was born and raised in Bishopstown, Cork. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2007 and to Dáil Éireann in 2011. A former secondary school teacher, Jerry was also Director of Adult Education in Ballincollig Community School. A former Chairperson of Bishopstown GAA Club, Jerry now acts as PRO for his native club. After the 2007 election, Jerry wrote a book called ‘Candidate’, a diary of an election candidate. Jerry also writes a weekly column for the Evening Echo newspaper.
Ciarán Cannon TD
Ciarán was ﬁrst elected to Galway County Council in June 2004. Following the 2007 General Election, Ciarán was nominated to Seanad Éireann. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011. He is currently Minister for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills. Ciarán has a strong interest in rural planning and has brought about many improvements to his own constituency. He is married to Niamh and they have one son. He also cycles 600 miles for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust every two years. Ciarán was also chosen as one of Galway’s People of the Year in 2002.
Paudie Coﬀey TD
Paudie was ﬁrst elected to Waterford County Council in 1999 and was reelected in 2004. During his time on Waterford County Council, Paudie was elected Deputy Mayor of Waterford. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2007 before being elected to the 31st Dáil in 2011. A keen GAA fan, Paudie coached the Under 21 Waterford hurling team. He also enjoys political biographies and his favourite book is Tony Blair’s ‘A journey: My political life’.
Áine Collins TD
CORK NORTH WEST
Áine worked as an Accountant and Business consultant to a number of small and medium sized businesses in the south of the country before embarking on her political career. A long-term member of the Party and of the National Executive, Áine was elected to the Dáil in 2011, and represents the Cork North West constituency. Married to Paul, Áine is mother to three children. She is a loyal Munster rugby fan and in her limited spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and mountain walking.
Senator Michael Comiskey
Michael was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. He has been involved in public life for over 20 years. He lives on a farm in Newtownmanor on the Sligo/Leitrim border with his wife Elizabeth. They have ﬁve sons. Michael was a candidate in the 2007 General Election and while he did not get elected, he managed to secure a very impressive 8000 votes. He was nominated the REHAB Leitrim Person of the Year in 2001 and has also been a member of the Leitrim Development Company and the County Development Board. Michael was also the Chair of the Fine Gael National Agriculture Committee.
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Seán Conlan TD
Seán is a native of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. He ﬁrst joined Young Fine Gael during his student days in UCD. He is an Economics graduate. Seán is also a qualiﬁed solicitor and owns Conlan’s Bar on Main Street in Ballybay. He was ﬁrst elected to Ballybay Town Council in 2009 and was elected to the Dáil in 2011. Seán is a member of Ballybay Economic Forum and is its representative on the County Development Board. In his spare time, Seán enjoys kayaking. He also enjoys listening to music and reading.
Paul Connaughton Jnr TD
Paul grew up in a political household as his father, Paul Snr., was also a Fine Gael TD. He was actively involved with Young Fine Gael for many years and worked as a Youth Worker with Foróige before being elected to the Dáil last year. Prior to this he was also elected to Galway County Council in 2009. Paul is a newly-wed, having tied the knot last summer. He and his wife Edel live in Mountbellew. Paul is a big Snow Patrol Fan and his favourite movie is ‘Any Given Sunday’.
Senator Martin Conway
Martin Conway was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel in April 2011. He was ﬁrst elected to Clare County Council in June, 2004, representing the North Clare area. He was re-elected in 2009, topping the poll. Martin is a graduate of UCD and holds a BA in Economics and Politics. Martin has received numerous prestigious awards, including the UCD Presidents’ award for Excellence, and the Junior Chamber of Ireland National Young Person of the Year Award.
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD
Marcella is a former member of Oﬀaly County Council, serving from 19992009. She has also been Chairperson of the Midlands Regional Authority and Chairperson of the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. Marcella was also a Director of West Oﬀaly Enterprise Fund Ltd and a member of the West Oﬀaly Community Forum. Mother to two children, Marcella enjoys going to the theatre. Her favourite playwright is Martin McDonagh. She is also a fan of The West Wing television series.
Senator Éamonn Coughlan
Born in Dublin in 1952, Éamonn Coghlan was one of the world’s premier middle distance runners. He was World 5000 metres Champion in 1983, a three-time contestant in the Olympic Games, held the world indoor mile record for two decades, and is the only person to have run a sub-four minute mile at the age of 40 or older. He was nominated to Seanad Éireann by An Taoiseach in 2011 and joined Fine Gael in February 2012. Éamon is married to Yvonne and they have four children.
Jim Daly TD
CORK SOUTH WEST
Jim was ﬁrst elected to Cork County Council in 2004. He was re-elected in 2009, topping the poll in the Skibbereen electoral area. He was also elected Mayor of County Cork in 2010. A native of Drinagh, Co. Cork, Jim is one of eleven children. He is married to Virge and father to four sons. A qualiﬁed Primary School teacher, Jim was Principal of the Gaelscoil in Skibbereen from 2002 to 2005 and has a particular interest in special needs education.
Senator Jim D’Arcy
Jim was ﬁrst elected to Louth County Council in 1999 and Dundalk Town Council in 2004. He was nominated to Seanad Éireann by An Taoiseach in 2011. He has been a member of Fine Gael all of his adult life. He has worked throughout his political career to bring about sustainable development in his constituency, along with better services for the sick and disabled. In his spare time, Jim enjoys reading, history and watching GAA matches.
Pat Deering TD
Pat has been an active member of Fine Gael for the past 25 years. He was elected to Carlow County Council in 2009, where he served as Fine Gael Whip, before being elected to Dáil Éireann last year. He is the Chairman of Carlow County GAA Board and a member of the IFA. Pat also has his own a dairy farm. Father to two young children, Pat also has a huge interest in Irish history and his favourite historical ﬁgure is Michael Collins.
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Regina Doherty TD
Regina grew up in Dublin, but has lived in Ratoath for the past 15 years. She was educated at the College of Marketing and Design and prior to her election to the Dáil, ran a successful ICT distrubtion business with her husband Declan. She was ﬁrst elected to Meath County Council in 2009 and is mother to four children, two boys and two girls. Regina also loves to sing and is a member of Ratoath Folk Group. She has also taken up BMXing, thanks to her children!
Paschal Donohoe TD
Paschal was ﬁrst elected to Dublin City Council in 2007. He was elected to the Seanad in 2007 and was the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Transport. He was then elected to the Dáil in 2011, topping the poll. He is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Vice-Chair of the European Aﬀairs Committee Paschal is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and was Sales and Marketing Director for a multinational company. Paschal lives in Phibsboro with his wife Justine and two children. He enjoys reading, theatre and visiting the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Alan Farrell TD
Alan ﬁrst became involved in politics at the age of 26 when he became one of the youngest Councillors to be elected to Fingal County Council, following a very short campaign in 2004. In 2007, Alan was elected Mayor of Fingal. He was re-elected in 2009, topping the poll in Malahide. Since being elected to the Dáil, Alan was nominated by An Taoiseach to serve as Chairperson for the Fine Gael Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform. Alan is married to Emma and father to a baby son, Benjamin.
Peter Fitzpatrick TD
Peter was elected to the Dáil in 2011. He is a native of Dundalk and has lived there all his life. Peter is the Gaelic football manager for the Louth GAA team. He has a long association with the team, having played senior football for Louth from 1980 until 1996, during which time he captained the team for ﬁve years. He also played for Dundalk Football Club in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Peter is married to Ann and they have three grown-up children. Unsurprisingly for a sportsman, Peter is a big Russell Crowe fan and his favourite ﬁlm is ‘Gladiator’!
Brendan Griﬃn TD
A native of Keel, Brendan’s career in politics began when he was elected to Kerry County Council in 2009. Before being elected to the Dáil in 2011, Brendan worked in the pub trade and as a teacher. He is married to Róisín and they have one dog, Paddy. Brendan is a big sports fan and plays GAA with Keel and soccer with Mainbank Soccer Club. One of his favourite movies is ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.
Noel Harrington TD
CORK SOUTH WEST
Noel was ﬁrst elected to Cork County Council in 1999. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He also contested the Seanad election in 2007 before being elected to the Dáil last year. Noel lives in Castletownbere with his wife Catherine and three children. One of Noel’s claims to fame is that he played half back on Beara’s Cork County Senior Championship winning team in 1997! During winter months Noel can be found on the oche throwing darts for the local team. He also has a keen interest in local history.
Simon Harris TD
Simon was elected to Wicklow County Council in 2009 and received the highest percentage vote of any County Councillor in the country. He was also elected to Greystones Town Council. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011 at the age of 24, and is the youngest member of the 31st Dáil. Simon ﬁrst got involved in community and political life when he founded an Autism charity in County Wicklow called ‘The Wicklow Triple A Alliance’, to oﬀer support and advice to families dealing with Autism. Simon was honoured to nominate Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, on his ﬁrst ever day in the Dáil.
Senator Imelda Henry
Imelda was ﬁrst elected to Sligo County Council in 2004 and was successfully re-elected in 2009. She was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011 and is currently the Seanad Spokesperson on Children. A self-employed businesswoman, she is also a member of the Border Regional Authority, North Western Professional Women, Committee on the National Women’s Council of Ireland, as well as Chairperson of Sligo Disability. Imelda is married with two children. She has continally highlighted the need for the provision of Breastcheck, Radotherapy and other health screening in the North West.
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Martin Heydon TD
Martin Heydon is a native of Kilcullen in County Kildare and a graduate of Kildalton Agricultural College. His career in politics began when joined Fine Gael in 2008 - he was then elected to Kildare County Council in 2009. With a proven track record in working for his community, Martin was elected to the Dáil in 2011. A big football fan, Martin has played a key role at Oﬃcer level in his local football club, St. Lawrence’s, for the past 10 years.
Heather Humphreys TD
Heather’s political career began in 2003 when she was co-opted onto Monaghan County Council to replace Seymour Crawford in the Clones electoral area. She was elected on the Council in 2004 and topped the poll in the 2009 Local Elections. She was elected Mayor of Monaghan in 2009 before being elected to the Dáil last year. Heather is married with two children and lives on a farm in Aghabog, Co. Monaghan. Before politics, Heather had a successful career in ﬁnancial services and was the Manager of Cootehill Credit Union. Heather is an accomplished piano player and her favourite book is ‘Showtime’ by Pat Leahy.
Senator Cáit Keane
DUBLIN SOUTH WEST
Cáit was ﬁrst elected to Dublin City Council in 1991 and re-elected at every election since, topping the poll in Rathfarnham in June 2009. She was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. Cáit has a diploma in Community Development as well as a B.A, M.A and Diploma in Montessori Education. She continues to work closely with Fine Gael Deputies and Councillors in South Dublin and was elected as Chairperson of the new Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre.
Derek Keating TD
DUBLIN MID WEST
Derek was ﬁrst elected to South Dublin County Council in 1999 and was reelected in 2004 and 2009. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011. Derek has been a very active charity worker in his constituency for a number of years and is a Director of Pieta House, a centre of prevention for suicide, along with the Lucan Disability Action Group and Lucan Home Start. He also founded and co-ordinates the Lucan Chernobyl Children’s Appeal. Derek likes to play the guitar and loves the music of The Beatles and James Taylor. He is married to Áine and they have two grown up daughters.
Seán Kyne TD
Seán Kyne represented Connemara on Galway County Council from 2004 until he was elected to the Dáil in 2011. He is a graduate of NUIG and UCD and worked as an agricultural consultant in Moycullen. He is one of seven children and enjoys reading history books and biographies.
Anthony Lawlor TD
Anthony was born and raised in Johnstown, Naas. He attended Newbridge College and is a graduate of Multyfarnham Agricultural College, UCD and NUI Maynooth. Anthony worked as a voluntary community worker overseas for two years. On his return to Ireland, he worked as a substitute teacher before working as a full-time farmer. Anthony’s late mother Patsy was a Councillor, and after her death in 1998, Anthony was co-opted onto Kildare County Council. He was elected in 1999 and again in 2009. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011.
Peter Mathews TD
Peter was ﬁrst elected to the Dáil in 2011 having had a high proﬁle career in banking. He was a leading critic of the last government’s banking policy and the banks themselves. He studied Commerce in UCD. He qualiﬁed as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and ICC. Peter is a former President of the Gonzaga Past Pupils Union and has also served on the Board of St. Mary’s N.S in Donnybrook. Peter is married to Susan and they live in Mount Merrion. He has four children. He is a big jazz fan!
Nicky McFadden TD
Before being elected to the Dáil in 2011, Nicky was a member of Seanad Éireann. Prior to that she had served on both Athlone Town Council and Westmeath County Council. She worked as a medical secretary for nine years before embarking on her political career. Nicky is a member of the governing body of Athlone IT. She was also a member of Westmeath VEC and is director of a number of local organisations including Athlone e-com and Athlone Community Task Force. Nicky has two children and says her political hero is John Hume. Her dream portfolio would be Social Protection.
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Tony McLoughlin TD
Tony was ﬁrst elected to Sligo County Council in the mid-1970s and has served as Mayor of Sligo on four occasions. He is married to Paula and father to three grown-up children. Tony hails from a strong Fine Gael family and his father Pat served on Sligo Borough Council. His Uncle Johnny was a TD for Fine Gael in Sligo/Leitrim from 1961 to 1977. Tony is an avid sports fan and apart from supporting his home team, Sligo Rovers, he also tries to get to see Manchester United play once a season.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD
Mary was elected to Dáil Éireann on her ﬁrst attempt in 2011. She had previously served on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council after being ﬁrst elected on in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009. Mary is a qualiﬁed teacher and before her election was Principal of the Harold School Glasthule, a busy 500 pupil mixed Catholic school. Mary is extremely supportive of local business and enterprise. She has consistently fought against increases in commercial rates in order to keep down the cost of doing business.
Senator Tony Mulcahy
Tony was ﬁrst elected to Clare County Council and Shannon Town Council in 1999. He was re-elected to both councils in 2004 and again in 2009. Tony was the Fine Gael Group Leader on both local authorities and was Mayor of Shannon on two occasions and Mayor of Clare in 2009. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011 and is the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Communication, Energy and Natural Resources. Tony lives in Shannon with his wife Carmel and four children and owns an Industrial Catering business.
Michelle Mulherin TD
Michelle Mulherin’s political career began in 1999, when she was elected to Ballina Town Council. She also served as a Mayo County Councillor from 2004 before being elected to the Dáil in 2011. Michelle was educated locally in Ballina and is also a graduate of UCD and The Law Society of Ireland. Michelle is very involved with Amateur Dramatics in Ballina and has played a number of roles, most memorably ‘Kate’ in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. She is also a massive Johnny Cash fan and has been known to give her own rendition of ‘Walk the Line’!
Senator Michael Mullins
Michael has been involved with Fine Gael since 1977, and was ﬁrst elected to Galway County Council in 1985. He was re-elected at every election thereafter before being elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. Michael was the ﬁrst Councillor to be elected in Ireland in 2004, topping the poll in the Ballinasloe Electoral Area. He also served as a member of the Western Regional Authority. Michael has always prioritised the development of infrastructure in East Galway. A big sports fan, Michael enjoys soccer, GAA, rugby and horse-racing.
Dara Murphy TD
CORK NORTH CENTRAL
Having been ﬁrst elected to Cork County Council in 2004, Dara Murphy was then elected Lord Mayor of Cork in 2009. Since being elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011, Dara has been appointed Chairman of the Internal Fine Gael Committee on European Aﬀairs, Foreign Aﬀairs & Trade, as well as being a Member of the Dáil Committee on Foreign Aﬀairs & Trade. He is married with three daughters.
Eoghan Murphy TD
DUBLIN SOUTH EAST
In 2009, Eoghan was elected to Dublin City Council to represent the PembrokeRathmines ward. He was elected to the 31st Dáil in 2011. Upon his election to Dublin City Council, he left his job as a speechwriter at the nuclear test-ban treaty commission in Vienna to dedicate himself full-time to politics in Ireland. Eoghan studied English and Philosophy (BA) in UCD, and International relations (MA) in King’s College London. In his spare time, Eoghan enjoys watching rugby, reading and adventure racing.
Senator Catherine Noone
DUBLIN SOUTH EAST
Catherine was ﬁrst elected to Dublin City Council in June 2009 before being elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. She is currently Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Arts and Culture. Catherine is from Mayo and comes from a strong Fine Gael family. A qualiﬁed solicitor with expertise in the area of commercial litigation, Catherine is also a ﬂuent Italian speaker, having studied at the Università di Verona. She has a keen interest in the Arts and believes it to be more important than ever as a sector in the current economic climate. She has also been very active promoting Irish tourism since her election to the Seanad.
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Patrick O’Donovan TD
Patrick was ﬁrst elected to Limerick County Council in June 2004, topping the poll at the age of 27 while also working as an industrial chemist. By the time he was re-elected in 2009, Patrick had qualiﬁed as a Primary School teacher. He was elected to the Dáil in 2011. Patrick has a long association with Fine Gael and was also President of Young Fine Gael. He was also elected the youngest Fine Gael Council Group Leader in Ireland, in recognition for his reputation as a ﬁghter on tough issues.
Senator Pat O’Neill
Pat’s political career began when he was elected to Kilkenny County Council in 2004, representing the Thomastown Electoral Area. He was reelected in 2009. Pat was elected to the Seanad in 2011 and is the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Transport. Pat is working to highlight Kilkenny as a great place to do business and cites the success stories of Glanbia and Moss Pottery as two examples of how companies can thrive in the county.
Joe O’Reilly TD
Joe began his working life as a Primary School Teacher. He was ﬁrst elected to the Seanad in 1989 before being elected for a second time in 2007. He was appointed Fine Gael Spokesperson in the Seanad on Communications, Energy and Natural resources in October 2007. Joe was then elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011. Joe founded the Bailieborough Mental Health Association and was also Chairman. He also enjoys stand-up comedy.
John Paul Phelan TD
John Paul Phelan was ﬁrst elected to Kilkenny County Council in 1999. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2007 and was the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He is currently the Liaison Oﬃcer between the Parliamentary Party and Young Fine Gael. John Paul plays both rugby and hurling and has been playing violin since the age of 10. His favourite TV programme is ‘Boston Legal’ and he loves reading – Bill Bryson is his favourite author.
Brian Walsh TD
Brian Walsh was elected to Galway County Council in 2004 and was Mayor of Galway City from 2005-2006. He is a graduate of GMIT, where he was President of the Students’ Union. After graduating, Brian worked in Financial Services and ran his own Financial Management business for 12 years. Married with one daughter, Brian is a huge sports fan and played for his local club, Mervue GAA in his youth. He is also partial to the odd Chinese takaway while watching a comedy movie – anything with Will Ferrell gets a thumbs up!
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