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Garret FitzGerald Summer School 2013 - Frequently Asked Questions - News - Young Fine Gael

Garret FitzGerald Summer School 2013 - Frequently Asked Questions

Where & when is YFG Summer School taking place?

The annual Garret FitzGerald YFG Summer School is taking place in Kilkenny, from July 19th–21st.

The conference venue for YFG events throughout the weekend will be the Langton House Hotel:

Accommodation is provided in the below two hostels:

- Kilkenny Tourist Hostel:

- MacGabhains Backpackers Hostel:


What is Summer School? Is it like school?

YFG Summer School is a unique mixture of political and social events, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The weekend will consist of policy debates, guest speakers, social events & outdoor activities.

We would encourage all members to travel to Kilkenny, particularly new members who have not attended YFG events in the past.


How do I register?

You can now register at, at cost of €25 per person.

Please note registration closes on Friday, July 5th at 5.00 p.m. Places cannot be guaranteed after this point. It is not possible to pay on the day; all bookings must be made in advance to secure places.


I got an error when I booked online - why can't I pay with Laser?

Unfortunately Paypal currently doesn't support payment by Laser. If you do not have access to a credit card or a visa debit card, please send a postal order for €25 to:

Sarah O'Connor,

National Youth Officer,

Fine Gael Headquarters,

51 Upper Mount Street,

Dublin 2.


How do I submit policy for debate?

This year, the National Executive have decided to introduce policy resolutions as well as our standard policy motions to the policy making process. We commonly use resolutions at Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP) events and we think the membership would find them excellent for putting forward their ideas.

The structure of resolutions provides more detail to motions, with the aim of providing more background on the problem and detail on the solution being proposed to members. For #GFSS, branches may submit such resolutions to the YFG National Executive for consideration. Please click here to download a document containing guidelines on how to write a resolution, as well as some examples we think you will find of use.

International Policy

On the Sunday of #GFSS, the YFG International Committee (YFG IC) will hold a session where they will discuss motions/resolutions submitted by members and branches of YFG with an international and/or European perspective. They will also outline their activities and representation of YFG abroad and use the motions/resolutions submitted to give practical assistance in how to write resolutions/motions.

It is an excellent opportunity for members and branches to forward their opinions on international and European affairs to the committee and to work to have these opinions taken to the next level.


The deadlines for submitting motions and resolutions (both for Irish and International policies) is 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 5th July.

Submissions must be emailed to both the following email addresses by that date: and – international motions/resolutions will be sent to the IC following submission. Branches will be informed if their branch has been successful is getting a motion or resolution on the #GFSS agenda by Friday, 12th July.

Branches can submit as many motions and/or resolutions as they wish for consideration.


What is included in the registration fee?

The price for Summer School is €25.00, which includes hostel accommodation for two nights, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a BBQ on Saturday night. It will also include a recreational activity on Saturday.


Will I have to pay for food over the weekend? Is breakfast included?

Lunch is provided on Saturday & Sunday and members will attend an evening BBQ on Saturday night. In addition to this, continental breakfast is included each morning in the hostel from 8.00 – 10.00 a.m.

Any requirements for food or drink outside of these arrangements will need to be paid for by yourself over the weekend.


Are vegetarian options available?

Yes, vegetarian menu options will be available at all YFG events over the weekend.


What time does YFG Summer School start and finish?

YFG Summer School begins on Friday evening at 7.00 p.m. with a social event (venue TBC).

YFG Summer School will end at 1.30 p.m on Sunday afternoon.


I don't need any accommodation; do I still have to pay the full registration fee?

If you do not require accommodation for either night, please email us at to avail of a day delegate fee of €15 which will cover lunch, the afternoon activity and the evening BBQ.

You can pay for the day delegate rate by cheque or postal order in advance. The closing date for day delegate reservations is Friday, July 5th at 5.00 p.m.


Can I attend if I am under 18?

Members who are under 18 are welcome to attend but must return a completed copy of the parental/guardian consent form in advance of attending. Click here to download the copy of the consent form.

Please note that the brewery tour is strictly for members who are over 18.


I only need accommodation for one night, how much do I have to pay?

Unfortunately due to the block booking arrangement made with the hostels for the weekend, we must still charge €25, even if you require just one night's accommodation. This also includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday, the afternoon activity and the evening BBQ.


I don't want to stay in a hostel, is their alternative accommodation available?

Kilkenny is a busy tourist town which has a range of other accommodation options, mostly available at a higher price. The accommodation can book up quickly so we would advise you to make arrangements as soon as you can. For other available options, check out:


Is parking available?

Neither of the hostels provide parking facilities. However parking is available for as little as €2.00 a day in off-street locations. More info is available at


Is internet available?

Yes, free wi-fi is available in both the hostels and the hotel.


When will we find out the rooming list for the hostel?

The rooming list will be made available once you check in on the Friday of the Garret FitzGerald Summer School. It is not possible to facilitate individual requests for the arrangement of people in specific rooms.


What time can I check in/check out of the hostel?

Check-in is from 4.00 p.m., checkout time is 11.00 a.m.


What is the best way to travel to Kilkenny?

We have complied a list travel options here

If you are planning to travel by train, we recommend booking ASAP in order to receive the lowest possible fare - Irish Rail are offering a 15% discount off on-line Intercity fares for YFG delegates attending #gfss. Purchases must be made between 24th June and 28th June. Members can simply usecode FG2311 (input promotional code on payments page) to avail of the 15% OFF the on-line fare. To make a booking just go to


What events are taking place over the weekend?

We will update you about the agenda for the weekend in coming weeks.


What is the activity on Saturday afternoon?

Delegates attending this year's #gfss will have a choice of three recreational activities on the Saturday afternoon!

Option 1: Historical cycling tour of Kilkenny -

Option 2: Smithwicks Brewery Tour (Strictly for over 18's only ) - Please note that flat shoes are obligatory for the Smithwicks Brewery Tour.

Option 3: Paint-balling -

After you have registered please email us at with your preferred activity before Friday July 5th! Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so please book early!


What should I wear for paintballing?

It is recommended to wear clothing suitable for the outdoors. You will be provided with overalls but we recommend wearing clothes that are suitable for getting dirty. Sturdy footwear is a must. Be aware of the weather as paintball is an all-weather sport.

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