Young Fine Gael National Conference 2016 - How to Submit Policy Proposals

Young Fine Gael policy is formed by the membership. In this way, it is a crucial vehicle for political growth in Ireland. While in other parties, politicians drive their agenda based around their constituents' needs or lobbyists' demands, in YFG we are an independent and autonomous organisation. This means that the issues which are important to you, the member, can become the basis for campaigns, and possibly become a parliamentary bill. In the past, YFG policy has been adopted by FG parliamentarians, TDs, Senators, and MEPs.

The National Conference is our largest forum for policy discussion. Here, YFG branches and regional councils can submit motions for debate. These will be discussed by members from all over the country. Debate is the order of the day, and every member can exercise their right to speak. Policy which is passed at conference automatically becomes official YFG policy.

Structure of Policy Motions -


Introduction - Here the primary purpose of the motion should be summarised giving a brief background on the topic and outlining the policy position which is recommended. It is expected the content in this section will amount to no more than sixty words.


Supplementary Points - Each motion can be accompanied by up to three additional points which will seek to strengthen the argument by providing further information and examples as well as clarifying any potential issues with the implementation of the policy as proposed. It is expected each supplementary point will amount to no more than fifty words.


Calls on (Optional) - This section provides a opportunity to call for specific action in the event of the motion passing at Conference. For example, it could call for action by Government, an external organisation or the new YFG National Executive.

Structure of Policy Resolutions -


Members can also submit more detailed policy resolutions if necessary. Guidelines on how to write YFG policy resolutions including working examples can be viewed at http://yfg.ie/images/News/YFG%20Resolution%20Guidelines.pdf


It is recommended that members discuss potential policy proposals with their branches in advance of submitting them to the Steering Committee for consideration. Previous policy proposals which have passed at YFG conferences can be viewed at http://www.yfg.ie/motions

Deadline -


All policy proposals should be submitted to the Steering Committee (via email to NationalConference@yfg.ie in advance of the communicated deadline of 12pm on Tuesday November 1st 2016.


Amendments -


• Once the policy proposals to be debated at Conference are selected by the Steering Committee they will be communicated to all members ahead of conference.
• Members will then have the opportunity to submit amendments (using a template amendment form) to each policy proposal up until the opening of conference.
• If the amendment is accepted by the proposing branch then the policy to be voted on will be updated to include the amendment.
• If the amendment is not accepted by the proposing branch then the amendment will be voted on separately to determine the exact policy text which conference will consider for adoption.
• No new amendments will be accepted after the opening of conference.

 

Expected Structure of Policy Motions -

Introduction - Here the primary purpose of the motion should be summarised giving a brief background on the topic and outlining the policy position which is recommended. It is expected the content in this section will amount to no more than sixty words.

Supplementary Points - Each motion can be accompanied by up to three additional points which will seek to strengthen the argument by providing further information and examples as well as clarifying any potential issues with the implementation of the policy as proposed. It is expected each supplementary point will amount to no more than fifty words.

Calls on (Optional) - This section provides a opportunity to call for specific action in the event of the motion passing at Conference. For example, it could call for action by Government, an external organisation or even the new YFG National Executive.

 

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