Young Fine Gael Hustings – at Trinity College Dublin

Young FG have their Annual Conference next week-end in Cork. They have organised a round robin of hustings where they all appear, make their policy pleas and beg for votes from the ordinary members. I was asked to address the National Executive Hustings in the Jonathan Swift Theatre in the Arts Block at Trinity. After the welcome from Conor Rock of the Dublin Regional Council, the Regional Organisers Patrick Molloy (Dublin Northcentral) and Colum Roche (Kilkenny and UCD) made speeches and answered questions.

Then we had the panel of Bernard Aherne (Tipperary North and UCD), Graham Dullaghan (UCC and Letterkenny), Peter McCarthy (Kilkenny), Colm Taylor(Tipperary South and UL), William Quill (DSE), Carole Madigan (Dublin Midwest and Newcastle West!)

Vice presidential candidates Alan Gallagher (Dublin South, George Lee Branch) gave a good organisational outline and Brid Murphy (Cork South West) gave a ballsey speech which would have gone down well with Mae West. Both were questioned by the audience and by Ray McAdam (Dublin City Councillor, North Inner City) who invaded the meeting but security refused to throw out! I told YFG that they should pick as candidate in Dublin in a relatively weak seat and get behind that person to ensure a victory. I suggested that Senator Paschal Donohoe is such a person who ought to be elected to the Dail in the country’s interest. I told the audience that too many school teachers, lawyers and doctors provided too narrow a base of knowledge for a best functioning parliament. Ray McAdam is a worthy object for their affections in the Locals because of the effect of government in a recession on the FG popularity at the next Local Government Elections. I encouraged the women present to go forward for election as they had a different perspective provide an under-represented insight to national life issues.

Then Eric Keane my man for President who comes from Clare addressed the meeting. I told him about the Frank Taylor washing board posters outside our house at Milltown Malbay in the 1950s. I could see his eyes glaze over – boredom folks – not intoxicants. Some of yis have bad minds.

I know that YFG have supported Naoise O’Muiri in Dublin Northcentral. He has huge potential to add significantly to national life if he gets the opportunity. I have watched him for six years now and I have no doubts at all.

I was asked would I fancy Dublin Northeast? I said that the air at the Marine Hotel would suit me mightily!!!! Maybe I should get leaflets out in Howth announcing the arrival of a new messiah!. Billyboy!

PS. Nobody from male YFG is to fly from London to Cork before the next election if they have taken Brufen and alcohol. We just can’t risk it! So lads, Paracetamol only for headache!