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 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 one and a half million members. YFG conforms strongly to 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.
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!