Nominations to YFG National Executive 2016

After the close of nominations at 12noon yesterday, the following YFG members have been successfully nominated to contest the 2016 elections to the YFG National Executive. Voting will take place on Saturday 26th November from 1.30-3.30pm in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Full conference details are be available at


-          Patrick Martin

Patrick, from Dublin, has a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing his tax qualification. A former local election candidate in 2014 he then helped re-establish Dublin Central YFG before being elected Dublin Regional Organiser. As well as being DRO Patrick has been the chair of Dublin Regional Council.

Patrick's has a strong interest in tax reform and fish farms.

-          Marian O’Donnell

Marian is 23, from Tipperary and first joined YFG in 2010. She studied History and Politics in UL before being elected to UL Students’ Union for a year. Marian is a former member of the National Executive 2014/15 and is currently studying a Masters in Public Relations in DCU.


-          Michael Ward

Best known for globetrotting and terrible jokes, Michael is 25 and works in public relations. Since joining YFG in 2008, Michael has served in various positions, including in Trinity, Dublin South West and the DRC. His YFG high-points include winning the 2013 Great Debate and serving as International Committee Chairperson.

National Panel (4 to be elected)

-          Stephen Browne

Stephen Browne is running for a position on National Panel of the Young Fine Gael National Executive.

He is 25 years old, originally from Cork City and a Graduate of UCC. He currently lives in Dublin and works in Leinster House as a Parliamentary Assistant to two Fine Gael Senators. Since he joined YFG in 2013 he has held positions at all levels of the organisation from being on committees at College and his Local Branch to Treasurer of the Munster Regional Council for two consecutive terms.

He hopes to speak to as many of you as he can over the weekend and if not he is asking for your number 1 vote or next highest preference. Enjoy the weekend!

I hope to speak to as many of you as I can over the weekend and if not I am asking for your number 1 vote or next highest preference. Enjoy the weekend!

-          Godfrey Chimbganda

Financial Advisor, Studying a MSc in Finance in Trinity University. I have worked on 13 Festivals across the country, involved with 22 NGO's. I have great experience in Trade, Arts and Media. Treasurer Dublin City Integration Forum, Co-ordinator YPPI, Steering Committee Being Young & Irish, Steering Committee North/ South Irl Youth Forum. Treasurer of Dublin city community forum, Board member of Africa Diaspora youth network Europe. Community Rep for Dublin Local City Development Committees for 18 months. Created the first YFG Dublin Intercultural Exchange Forum in September 2016.

-          Ian Fahey 

Ian, 22, is a 3rd year UCD Business and Law student from Clontarf. He has been a member of YFG for 3 years and has also served as President of the UCD Law Society. He hopes to work in politics after college – background or back-room!

-          Killian Foley-Walsh 

Killian is a 22 year old, Kilkenny-born law student in UCD. He has been a member of YFG since 2010, and has served in multiple roles at a local, regional, and senior party level in that time. He enjoys swimming, travelling, and winding up Communists.

-          Seamus Kearney 

I am a final year Computer Science Student at Griffith College.  I have been a member of YFG since aged 15, joined online after researching which party suited me.  In the past I served as UL Branch Chair & PRO of the MRC, and currently Secretary of Dublin Bay South.

-          Vivienne Phelan

Vivienne is a final year student of Veterinary Medicine, and from Stradbally, Co. Laois. She is currently Chairperson of UCD Young Fine Gael and sits on the Agricultural and Rural Affairs subcommittee of YFG. Outside of YFG, Vivienne enjoys volunteering with a variety of charity organisations.

Regional Organiser (Ireland South)

-          Sheila Lynch

My name is Sheila Lynch and I am a Home Economics and Economics teacher. I have been an active member of the Cork North Central branch of Young Fine Gael since 2012. If elected Munster Regional Organiser I will work tirelessly to support Munster branches and members.

Regional Organiser (Ireland East)

-          Daniel Burke

Daniel is a 1st Year Law student in W.I.T. He enjoys Cricket, Rugby and Hurling. Daniel has been an active member of YFG since 2013 and has held various positions within the Organisation. Currently he is the Chairman of both Kilkenny YFG and W.I.T YFG.

Regional Organiser (North West) 

-          David McLaughlin

David, 25 from Donegal holds a degree in English and Geography from NUI, Galway and an MSc in GIS from Ulster University. He joined YFG at NUIG in 2009 and was chair during the historic 2011 election. He is the outgoing NWRO having set up the new CURC along with YFG branches throughout the NW. He is also chair of the ARA committee.

David is self-employed with interests in agriculture and renewable energy.

Regional Organiser (Dublin)

-          Clodagh Murray

Clodagh is a third year student of law and politics in Trinity College Dublin. She has held numerous committee positions within YFG including in Dublin Fingal and Trinity YFG, and on the Dublin Regional Council. She was one of the founding members and the first chairperson of Dublin Fingal YFG.

-          Brian O’Brien

Hailing from Stillorgan in South Dublin. Brian is currently studying MEconSc in European Public Affairs & Law in UCD, having previously graduated from Social Science (International) in UCD. Brian has been a member of the organisation since 2011 being active in both the  UCD and Dublin Rathdown branches.

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