Ógra Fianna Fáil, the largest youth political organisation in the country, has launched its national recruitment campaign in third level colleges around the country.

The campaign begins today at NUIG in Galway and the University of Limerick, and continues at UCD, DCU, Trinity, DIT and other third level institutions across the country throughout the month.

Ógra Fianna Fáil President Kate Feeney said it’s a crucial time in the youth organisation’s calendar.

“Last year Ógra saw a record increase in membership resulting from a widespread recruitment campaign. We established a number of new units and membership soared by 200% in some colleges. This year’s campaign will be bigger and better than ever,” said Ms Feeney.

This year’s theme is ‘Have Your Say … Make It Matter.’ The aim is to encourage young people to be active citizens, make their voices heard and help shape the future of this country.

Ógra’s Third Level Organiser Fintan Phelan explained, “Students have been let down spectacularly by this government. We have been the victims of a litany of broken promises from the Labour Party, particularly in relation to the hikes in college fees, cuts to college grants, the SUSI grant fiasco and the woeful lack of decent graduate opportunities. We want to give students a forum to stand up and make their voices heard.”

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin will join young party members for the recruitment drive in a number of locations over the next few weeks.

Deputy Martin commented, “Over the past year Ógra has shown itself to be an excellent forum for young people to voice their opinions and help shape policy. The young wing of our party has never played a more important role in the wider organisation when it comes to policy formation, the party’s renewal effort and reaching out to a younger generation of voters who are justifiably disillusioned with politics.

“Ireland stands to benefit greatly from more young people getting involved in politics. I hope that this year and in the years to come, Ógra Fianna Fáil will continue to play a strong role in encouraging this,” said Deputy Martin.