Schedule for the Ard Fheis

Friday 27th February

7.00pm: Official opening and welcome to the Ard Fheis by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD

7.15pm: Ireland and our special relationship with Europe chaired by Micheál Martin TD

9.00pm: Organisation plenary session chaired by Mary Coughlan TD

Saturday 28th February

9.15-10.55am: Working for sustainable, active communities

Key ministers present:

  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  • Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas

 10.55-1.05am: Facing challenges together

Key ministers present:

  • Minister for Finance
  • Tánaiste and Minister for Trade. Enterprise and Employment
  • Minister for Social and Family Affairs

1.05-2.30pm: Towards a safer, more secure Ireland

Key ministers present: 

  • Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
  • Minister for Defence

2.30-3.45pm: The smart economy

Key ministers present:

  • Minister for Children
  • Minister for Education and Science
  • Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism

3.45-4.30pm: New Directions on the Economy

Key ministers present:

  • Minister for Transport
  • Minister of State for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

6.00-6.55pm: Foreign Affairs

Key ministers present:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs

6.55pm: Presentation of awards for National Collection and Super Draw

7.15pm: Facing Challenges Together

8.30pm: Keynote address

  • Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil, An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, TD

Ticket collection and enquiries

  • Friday 27th February, 2pm-7pm
  • Saturday 28th February, 9am-7pm