Young Fine Gael (YFG) is the youth wing of the Fine Gael party and always welcomes new members aged between 15 and 35. YFG 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 Fine Gael Party, while maintaining the independence to express 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 its 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. We recently ran a high profile campaign for the EU Stability Treaty to prevent irresponsible and dangerous cyclical trends continuing unchecked, particularly of debt levels, which is having such an impact on the lives of young Irish people. As part of representing young people in Ireland we campaigned for the important Children's Referendum, and we also ensured that the vote took place on a Saturday, to allow young people to be able to return home to vote.
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 one and a half million members. YFG has been influenced by the ideas of Christian Democracy and Compassionate Centrism. This means that YFG, like Fine Gael, evaluates everything and tries to move on what it sees as the right thing to do in each given situation. Over the years, we have developed wide ranging polices at this level, and in recent years we have been at the forefront of YEPP, devising successful and important policy resolutions on topics like improving EU banking regulations or introducing an EU-wide vetting scheme for youth and children workers.
YFG is an organisation 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!