YFG National Conference Good for the Waterford Economy

The 26th Young Fine Gael (YFG) National Conference will start today, Friday and continue until Sunday 24 November in the Tower Hotel Waterford, The Mall, Waterford City.

"YFG members are delighted to travel from all over the country to Waterford this weekend for the Young Fine Gael National Conference in Tower Hotel Waterford. This Conference will be largest we have ever had, featuring the Taoiseach, a number of Ministers and Ministers of State, numerous TDs, Senators and Councillors, and over 600 hundred YFG members," Patrick Molloy, YFG President said.

"The seminar dealing with Youth Unemployment and how to tackle it will be chaired by Dara Murphy TD will incorporate lots of local Waterford expertise. Members will be addressed by and interact with YEPP President, Konstantinos Kyranakis; YEPP Secretary General, Colm Lauder; Eddie Mulligan, Waterford City Centre Business Group, Jordan Casey, Apple's youngest app developer (13); Tom Cullen, Winterval Festival; Barry Downes, TSSG; Dara Murphy TD. The seminar will feature local speakers, in particular, with expertise in reducing Youth Unemployment by enabling young people in entrepreneurship or training, or whose experience qualifies them to provide policy solutions to the issue.

As this is the largest and most competitive Conference we have ever had, and as our members are between 15 and 30, they have been promoting the event on social media and among their friends, which is also good for the city," Patrick Molloy continued.

Speaking about the Conference, Paudie Coffey TD said: This will be a big boost for Waterford City with almost 600 delegates from around the Country expected to attend. The Conference will take place right in the heart of the Viking Triangle and I am delighted that delegates will get an opportunity to visit many of the attractions that are open in the City. I think it is perfect timing for Waterford's food culture that the members from all over Ireland and Europe will have Waterford blaas on the menu this weekend too.

"Many local businesses will also benefit from the conference being held in the City and I am looking forward to opening the national conference in Tower Hotel on the Friday evening and attending throughout the weekend where there will be debates held on a series of issues and activities for the attending delegates," he continued.

Speaking about the Conference, Mayor John Cummins said: "I was delighted to assist in securing this conference for Waterford City a number of months ago. Over 600 delegates from across Ireland, and 20 from across Europe will attend the conference and this is a welcome boost to tourism in our City. The Tower Hotel won the bid from over 46 hotels nationwide and is fully booked out for the weekend, while the Granville Hotel will also be needed to cater for the large numbers descending on the City".

He concluded by saying: "This conference coupled with the hosting of the International Node conference recently will significantly enhance our reputation for hosting large scale conferences, which of course is a lucrative market and one which we aim to capture more of. It also gives us the chance to show off Waterford in the best light to a captive audience of 15-30 year olds whom we will see in their numbers in our City this weekend.

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport will Chair the International Session; Konstantinos Kyranakis, YEPP President, Helen McEntee, TD, Pascal Donohoe, Minister for European Affairs; Patrick Molloy, President of YFG; and Enda Kenny TD, Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael, will address the National Conference at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, 22 November (tomorrow).

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