15 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On Tuesday April 14 a group of young individuals from around Co Monaghan along with numerous established officials from Fianna Fáil’s Ógra national executive came together to form the youth wing of Fianna Fáil in the county of Monaghan.

A media release stated:
“Under the circumstances that our communities are currently experiencing – the youth party decided to meet online in the interest of public health.
The county has been without a youth wing of Fianna Fáil for over 10 years. The group’s first order of business was to elect the county executive – the results of this election are as follows:
Cathaoirleach: Aoife McCooey
Leas – Cathaoirleach: Ryan Aughey
Secretary: Niko Kawonczyk
Vice – Secretary: Darren Gallagher
Treasurer: Jason Jarman
Membership & Recruitment Officer: Emma McGorman
Public Relations Officer: Caolán Maguire

“After the formation of the county executive – the newly formed unit of the party tabled a motion regarding the recent possible coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The motion read “As members of the Fianna Fail Ógra Monaghan unit, and members of the Fianna Fáil party, we condemn the party going into coalition with Fine Gael unless in a national government coalition.” This motion passed unanimously. While this vote may not be binding within the party, it is a clear indication that members are not in support of this option.

“In the recent election, our members campaigned for a change of government. The party ruled out a grand coalition with Fine Gael prior to, and throughout, the election.

“The charge that is often made against our members, that Fianna Fáil’s opposition to Fine Gael is due to civil war politics, cannot be made against this Ógra’s members. We judge Fine Gael on their actions, or more accurately their inaction.

“The scandals that Fine Gael have presided over such as cervical check, the National Children’s Hospital over run and the housing crisis are damning. We cannot reconcile the neglect the country has endured under Fine Gael in government; almost 10,000 people homeless, rents spiralling out of control, a crisis in our health service and inaction on climate change. The prospect of returning Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy or Health Minister Simon Harris to the cabinet table doesn’t sit well with us.

“Cathaoirleach Aoife McCooey has written to the Ógra President Tom Cahill informing him of the result of the motion.
“Fianna Fail Ógra in Monaghan is actively recruiting new members, with a bustling Facebook page and an active membership base, there truly is a place for everyone.

“For any enquiries and interviews please contact our Fianna Fáil Ógra Monaghan Secretary.”

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