Young Fine Gael
) is the autonomous youth wing of the major Irish political party Fine Gael
. It offers its 4000 members scope to assist in formulation of political policy, and the day to day running of the senior party. It is a founding member of the Christian Democratic
centre-right pan-European organisation, Youth of the European Peoples Party
, which is the youth wing of the European Peoples Party
Young Fine Gael were formed in 1977 as part of the internal reforms to Fine Gael instigated by Garret FitzGerald
, who had become leader of the party that same year. They grew rapidly with over 100 local branches of YFG being formed by 1978. During the 1980s they pursued a fairly liberal agenda, supporting the repeal of Ireland's homosexuality laws; a ban on the state funding on single-sex schools; and greater family planning options. Nowadays there is a broad range of political viewpoints held by members, ranging from centrist and social-democratic to the more conservative.
YFG has a range of policies that it developed, on the ground, at grass roots level. It has policy committees ranging from the Social Affairs committee to the Northern Ireland committee. These policies have on occasion been adopted by the senior Fine Gael party. YFG's constitution however allows for the organisation to act on its own, independent from its parent party, enabling it to promote its own political... Read More