Art steps up to the YFG plate

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COM­MU­NITY NEWS -

A YOUNG Castleis­land man, who has been ob­sessed with pol­i­tics since he emerged from child­hood, has just been elected to the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive of Young Fine Gael.

Art O’Ma­hony, a former stu­dent of St Patrick’s Boys’ Sec­ondary School, has been elected Young Fine Gael Na­tional Sec­re­tary and Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions.

The YFG ex­ec­u­tive con­sists of ten peo­ple, four re­gional or­gan­is­ers, four pan­elists with as­signed port­fo­lios, a vice-pres­i­dent and a pres­i­dent.

All of th­ese po­si­tions were con­tested and filled at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Tip­per­ary re­cently with a man­date that will ter­mi­nate in Novem­ber 2019.

“By which time Fine Gael will have bat­tled lo­cal and Euro­pean elec­tions, as well as po­ten­tially both gen­eral and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions,” said Art with plans and prepa­ra­tions in mind.

“The ex­ec­u­tive has tra­di­tion­ally been a breed­ing ground for fu­ture politi­cians, from Leo Varad­kar to Paschal Dono­hoe. The port­fo­lio which I have been as­signed is Na­tional Sec­re­tary and Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions.

“As na­tional sec­re­tary, I am vested with the role of stay­ing in touch with mem­bers and com­mu­ni­cat­ing up­com­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place within YFG.

“It also means I will over­see press en­gage­ments and I have no doubt that one par­tic­u­lar pre­de­ces­sor in this role, Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin will be a valu­able as­set for ad­vice.

“Gar­ret FitzGer­ald es­tab­lished YFG in 1977 as the only au­tonomous, cam­paign­ing youth wing in Ire­land.

“As the new di­rec­tor of cam­paigns, I am, there­fore, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of brave young peo­ple who cam­paigned on taboo is­sues in Ir­ish so­ci­ety such as de­crim­i­nal­is­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and abol­ish­ing il­le­git­i­macy laws.

“For me, I am hop­ing to cam­paign on the cur­rent stu­dent hous­ing cri­sis and re­form of our education sys­tem, among other is­sues.

“As the panel can­di­date who re­ceived the high­est num­ber of votes, I now also rep­re­sent YFG on Fine Gael Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, along with our pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent.

“This ex­ec­u­tive has sev­eral core func­tions, such as: se­lect­ing or ap­prov­ing can­di­dates, elec­tion prepa­ra­tion and de­cid­ing how Fine Gael spends its bud­get. The twenty-two month term on this com­mit­tee will be defin­ing for both our party and our coun­try and I hope, as Enda Kenny once said, to serve the great­est num­ber for the great­est good dur­ing that pe­riod,” said Art in con­clu­sion.

He’s one to watch. TELE­VI­SION chef Neven Maguire vis­ited McAuliffe’s one day last Oc­to­ber and his day be­gan with his host, Mike McAuliffe, cook­ing him a Truly Ir­ish break­fast.

Over break­fast he also heard how far the Truly Ir­ish brand has come since it was founded al­most a decade ago now.

“We then went on a tour of the farms where Neven saw our high-wel­fare free­dom far­row­ing sys­tem,” said Mr McAuliffe’s son Shane.

“He also took a look at our work with sea­weed whereby the sows re­ceive some be­fore far­row­ing to im­prove the gut health of the piglet which elim­i­nates the need for an­tibi­otics.

“The fat­ten­ing pigs also re­ceive sea­weed which in­creases the an­tiox­i­dant level in the pig meat and in­creases the shelf life, giv­ing the con­sumer a health­ier pig meat prod­uct.”

UCC YFG Trea­surer, Paul Bros­nan; UCC YFG Chair­per­son, Cashel Danielle Gayson; UCC YFG ViceChair­per­son, Mac­room. Gary O’Sul­li­van; and Art O’Ma­hony

Truly Ir­ish Foods founder mem­ber, Mike McAuliffe. The show will be screened on RTÉ One tonight at 8.30pm.

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