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Young Fine Gael (YFG) is the politically autonomous yet integral youth wing of the Fine Gael party, maintaining its independence to advance political representation and objectives of the youth of Ireland through the vehicle of Fine Gael.

We are committed to our shared values of the Fine Gael party: equality of opportunity, enterprise and reward, safety and security in our society, while insisting integrity and ambition are at the core of our actions. YFG has Local branches in every Dáil constituency and College branches in third level institutions on the island of Ireland.

The YFG Constitution is amended and endorsed at every Young Fine Gael National Conference. The most recent iteration was adopted at the 2021 Conference.

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The National Executive work together to achieve organisational, policy and campaign objectives as voted on by our members.

President

Art O'Mahony (Kerry)

Art is a 23 year-old Kerryman exiled in Dublin. You can often find him with his guitar.

His favourite band is Fleetwood Mac, his preferred pint is Guinness and his hero is Michael Collins.

Art previously served as YFG National Secretary in 2018.

Vice President and Director of Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Shane Dolphin (Patrick Hogan Galway East)

Gurtymadden man Shane a graduate of the UCD School of Agriculture and is incredibly modest.

He has three main loves in his life: 20th Century Irish political history, playing at a trad session and going on long walks with his collie Thrish.

He currently works in the office of the Seanad Leader.

National Secretary and Director of Recruitment

Dara Clooney (UCC and Laois)

Laoisman Dara is pursuing a LLM in International Human Rights and Public Policy at University College Cork, which sounds like he is partial to student discounts and a lot of reading!

Uilleann piper, gaeilgoir and WT Cosgrave aficionado.

Director of Women's Engagement and Future Candidate Development

Vivienne Phelan (Laois)

Vivienne is a vet, vegetarian and vocal on women’s issues.

Vivienne is no stranger to electoral politics and ran for Fine Gael in the 2019 Local Elections in Stradbally.

Vivienne previously served on the YFG National Executive in 2019 and is a Washington Ireland Programme alumnus.

Director of Policy & Collaboration

Kenneth Henry (Sligo & Maynooth University)

Second year Law student Kenneth is from Castlebaldwin, Sligo studying in Maynooth University.

Kenneth is an avid advocate for those with dyslexia and hidden disabilities, Kenneth understands first-hand the challenges faced in navigating the education system.

You’ll catch him singing Mr. Brightside at the next YFG Conference.

Director of Communications and Social Media

Ailbhe McNamara (Roscommon Galway and DCU)

Roscommon native Ailbhe is a final year International Relations student in DCU and our resident social media guru!

Ailbhe has a passion for languages and speaks Irish and German. She also has an interest in youth mental health and sits on the Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel.

Dublin Regional Organiser

Lucy Nolan (Dublin South Central)

Dublin girl Lucy is a recent graduate of Politics and Business Management from Maynooth University.

Lucy has worked with Frances Fitzgerald MEP and more recently, Senator Mary Seery Kearney.

“Up the Dubs!” says Lucy.

Leinster Regional Organiser

Steven Murphy (Wexford)

24 year old primary school teacher, Steven hails from the sunny south east.

Steven was the President of the Students’ Union in Marino Institute of Education for 2018/2019.

A massive fan of Wexford Hurling, Liverpool FC and of course, strawberries.

Munster Regional Organiser

Stephen Linnane (Kerry)

Kerryman Stephen is a graduate of University of Limerick. He is currently juggling multiple jobs while  also currently studying for the FE1s because he doesn’t have enough on his plate!

His aim for the YFG branches in Munster is to get as much momentum going as possible now that restrictions are eased.

Loves rugby, GAA and triathlons.

North West Regional Organiser

Eoghan Gallagher (NUIG and Galway West)

Galwayman Eoghan is studying Mathematics and Education in NUIG.

He is a former Irish Youth Delegate to the Council of Europe Congress of local and regional authorities.

A stint working in the European Parliament with Colm Markey MEP has turned Eoghan into an accidental connoisseur of Belgian beer.

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