About Young Fine Gael - The United Ireland Party
Young Fine Gael (YFG) is the youth wing of the Fine Gael party and always welcomes new members aged between 15 and 30. Young Fine Gael is the only vehicle for young people to seek political change in this country. As an autonomous youth organisation, it has the advantage of embodying the values of the senior Party, while maintaining the independence to express the views of young people.
Members of YFG can also be members of Fine Gael and take part fully in the party at all levels. YFG has it's own President and National Executive.
YFG was founded by Garret FitzGerald in 1977 as Ireland's first independent political youth organisation. YFG has been involved in many political campaigns since then. In more recent years YFG has campaigned effectively on issues such as The Nice Treaty, Insurance for Young Drivers, the price of housing for young Homebuyers and the issue of youth depression and suicide.
YFG believes strongly in the ideal of the European Union and is a member of the Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP) an organisation of three million members.
Young Fine Gael has various Committees, which focus on policy areas such as International Affairs, Northern Ireland, Education, Social Affairs, Choiste na Gaeilge and Agriculture. These groups formulate policy, which is used as a force for change in the political arena.
When you join YFG you're joining a youth movement with a network of thousands of members nationwide, and an unrivalled programme of social events, weekends away and nights out. So as well as an opportunity to voice your opinion on the issues that matter to you, you get a packed social life into the bargain!
FINE GAEL'S Core Beliefs
Fine Gael is a party of the progressive centre. That means we act in a way that is right for Ireland, regardless of dogma or ideology. Fine Gael bases its policies and its ideas for the future of Ireland on its core beliefs.
Equality of opportunity Fine Gael wants to create a fair and caring society where everybody is engaged in democracy, and where there are no barriers to equal opportunity. Fine Gael stands for investment in our public services and sees health and education as rights, not privileges.
Enterprise and Reward Fine Gael encourages initiative, innovation, investment and self-reliance. The Party also believes in preserving, enhancing and sharing prosperity. Fine Gael stands for a vibrant, competitive economy. To that end, we believe Government policy should encourage initiative and reward hard work, thus driving economic activity and creating jobs.
Security Fine Gael wants to build a safe society in Ireland by protecting citizens and enforcing the law. The Party also believes in strengthening families, in all their modern forms, and in fostering communities. Fine Gael stands for law and order. We believe in tough sentences for criminals and more Gardai on the beat while also tackling the root causes of crime like poverty and educational disadvantage.
Integrity Fine Gael believes in being truthful and courageous in what we do, and in promoting and upholding both the rights and the responsibilities of people. Fine Gael stands for integrity in public life. We believe in ensuring all of us live up to our responsibilities as well as enjoying our rights as Irish men and women.
Hope Fine Gael wants to build an Ireland of excellence and ambition. We hope to do this by promoting a shared vision of a confident and sustainable future for Ireland, both at home and abroad. Fine Gael stands for a climate of hope. To achieve this, we believe in enhancing Ireland's international reputation through our support for the European Union, protecting communities through balanced regional development and safeguarding our children's future through protection of the environment.