Ógra Fianna Fáil

Ógra Fianna Fáil is a progressive, republican political youth movement, the largest and most active political youth movement in Ireland.

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About Ógra Fianna Fáil

As one of the largest and most active political youth movements in Ireland today, Ógra gives young people the opportunity to get involved in real politics and engage in political activity at a local, national and international level.

Members actively participate in debating and developing policy on a range of issues which affect young people and their communities.

We run a host of different political and social events throughout the year including the National Youth Conference and Markievicz Summer School, as well as many other regional and local events.

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What’s Ógra Fianna Fáil all about?

Ógra’s core role is to engage in political activities such as campaigning, lobbying and promoting our policies and values. Socialising is important too and Ógra is a great place to make new friends and meet new people.

What Does Ógra Fianna Fáil Stand For?

Our Principles & Values

To highlight and campaign for the needs and issues that affect and interest young people

To promote opportunities for young people to participate in political debate and discussion

To ensure young people have a voice and a say on the issues which affect their futures

Fianna Fáil is committed to facilitating and enabling homeownership. A strong affordability scheme is vital to securing that

To encourage and promote as many young candidates as possible for Fianna Fáil

Motor Insurance

Since January 2014, motor insurance premiums have increased by 60% for domestic and commercial customers. Young drivers in particular have been more adversely affected, as they are identified by insurance providers as being high risk drivers.

Ógra is putting forward these proposals seeking to increase transparency for consumers, lower the risk associated with drivers and their vehicles, and tackle the key issues identified by our members.

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Housing

This year Ógra developed a new action plan to tackle the housing crisis for young people. The policy aims to tackle the lack of supply of houses and student accommodation, as well as assist first time buyers saving to buy their first home.

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Who Are We?

President

Tom Cahill

I am a secondary school Geography teacher from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, currently teaching in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. I am a part-time beef farmer and hurling enthusiast. I previously served as the Connacht-Ulster Organiser, as well as the Policy Director for Ógra.

I am the youngest person ever elected to the position of President and also the first from Galway. This year I hope to inject motivation and focus into the organisation as well as leading Ógra to being more effective as an issues-based activist group, helping Ógra members make a difference through their membership.

Email Tom | tom.cahill@ogra.ie


Policy Director

Andrew McFadden

Dia dhaoibh a chairde, Aindriú MacPháidín is ainm dom, agus is Stiúrtóir Beartais Náisiúnta ag Ógra Fhianna Fáil mé.

Hello, my name is Andrew McFadden, and I am the incumbent National Policy Director of Ógra Fianna Fáil, having been elected in November 2019. A proud Derry man, I am the first person from the Six Counties to be elected to an Ard Comhairle position within Ógra.

My role is centred around not just the members, but around the interests of young people throughout Ireland. In order to ensure that our policies accurately represent their views, I am determined to engage directly with members throughout the country, using mechanisms such as our Policy Roadshow. This involves travelling to a different Ógra cumann on a monthly basis, and listening to members’ views on our policy platform. Once drafted, I am then responsible for lobbying senior party members to have our policies incorporated into overall Fianna Fáil policy.

Throughout my election campaign, I stressed the urgency for Ógra to live up to our core constitutional vision – the unity of our country and our people, ensuring that we represent the views of members and young people in every one of our 32 Counties. This means taking a stronger, policy driven approach to the North of the country and I will continue to work directly with Northern Organiser, Ruairí Cormican, on this. However, Irish Unity is something which must benefit the whole country, and I am also developing policies on related issues, such as reform of the SUSI grant system, graduate retention, and a national infrastructure policy which addresses emerging areas such as cyber security and greener energy.

I am always keen to speak to members, so please feel free to get in touch.

Email Andrew | andrew.mcfadden@ogra.ie


Campaigns & Events Director

George Gill

My name is George and I’m a graduate of BSc Government and MSc International Public Policy & Diplomacy, UCC. I live in West Cork and I have been involved in Fianna Fáil and Ógra for a number of years. I have held a number of positions, such as Vice Chair of CSW CDC and Secretary of CSW Ógra and, previously, Chairperson. I enjoy politics, GAA and being active within the community.

Since being elected, my focus has been on organising campaigns, specifically in the areas of child homelessness, student accommodation and the recent general election. I’m looking forward to working with Ógra Units to organise the Markievicz Summer School, the Jack Lynch Cup and other regional and local events, raising money for charities and local community groups. During my term of office, I am looking forward to working with my fellow COB members, Ógra members and the Parliamentary Party to deliver on our promise of an Ireland for all.

Email George | george.gill@ogra.ie


Tory McGlynn

Membership Director

Hello, I’m Tory McGlynn, I’m a 22-year-old student from Sligo studying an MA in DCU in Climate Change Policy, Media & Society. I previously served as the Third level Organiser for Ógra and I am now Ógra’s National Membership & Recruitment Director.

Being National Membership & Recruitment Director means that I am responsible for the development of the national recruitment strategy. As well as recruiting new members, I also look at ways of retaining our new and existing members.

We need to be knocking on doors, leaflet dropping and spreading the Fianna Fáil message of ‘An Ireland for All’ both offline and online and we need to be doing this together. We all have our part to play to ensure that Fianna Fáil is the next party in Government and that Micheál Martin is our next Taoiseach.” I want to help to continue building a Fianna Fáil that represents every aspect of our society. I want to see a Fianna Fáil-led government building social and affordable housing, improving the education system, promoting business and investment and striving towards a united Ireland.

Email Tory | tory.mcglynn@ogra.ie


Ryan O’Meara

International Officer

Hi, my name is Ryan O’Meara and I am a final year Masters of Common Law student in UCD. During my undergrad in Economics and Politics in UCD, I chaired the Kevin Barry Cumann. I’m from Toomevara in Co. Tipperary and I’ve a great love for all things Irish music and dance.

As International Officer, I am responsible for representing Ógra within our European group LYMEC. This position is tasked with developing and maintaining positive and impactful relationships with our sister parties in Europe. I am passionate about promoting progressive republican values within the organisation and having Ógra’s voice heard on an international stage.

Email Ryan | ryan.omeara@ogra.ie


Caoimhe McGowan

Gaeilge & Culture Officer

Dia dhaoibh, Caoimhe NicGabhann is ainm dom agus is mise an Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúrtha d’Ógra Fhianna Fáil. Ghlac mé páirt in Ógra don chéad uair sa bhliain 2017 agus anois is mise an rúnaí do Chumann Caoimhín de Barra I gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Táim i mo bhliain dheireanach, ag déanamh stáidéar ar an nGaeilge agus ar an bhFraincis. Tá líofacht agam sa Ghaeilge, ag teacht ó chlann ina bhfuil Gaeilge ár dteanga dhúchais.

Is é athbheochán na Gaeilge in Ógra Fhianna Fáil mo phríomhaidhm. Bíonn an Ghaeilge éasca a chur san áireamh i gcupla bealaí simplí. Mar shampla, polasaí as Gaeilge no ruin a phlé i ndiaspóireachtaí.Sa phost seo, tá sé chomh tábhachtach a chuimhneamh go bhfuil an Ghaeilge agus ár gcultúr tarraingthe le chéile. Mar gheall ar sin, tá sé ar intinn agam eachtra a eagrú chun na dara chinn a cheangal le chéile.Ag an eachtra seo, beidh ceol tradisiúnta agus céilí ann, chomh maith leis an nGaeilge ar ndóigh. Chomh maith le sin, beidh níos mó béim curtha ar pholasaí agus feachtais na nGaeilge i rith mo théarma mar Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúrtha.

Hello, my name is Caoimhe McGowan and I am the Irish and Culture Officer of Ógra Fianna Fáil. I first took part in Ógra in 2017 and I am currently the secretary of the Kevin Barry Cumann in UCD. I’m in my final year, studying Irish and French. I am fluent in Irish, as my family are native Irish speakers. The revival of the Irish language within Ógra Fianna Fáil is my main priority. The language itself is easy to include in many simple ways, for example, policies and debates through the medium of Irish. In this role, it is very important to remember that the Irish language and our culture go hand in hand and to ensure that both are promoted, I will organise an event that incorporates both aspects. At this event, there will be traditional music and a céilí dance coinciding with the inclusion of the Irish language. In conjunction with this, there will be more emphasis put on Irish policies and campaigns during my term as Irish and Culture Officer.

Email Caoimhe | caoimhe.mcgowan@ogra.ie


Bryan Mallon

Leinster Organiser

Hi folks, my name is Bryan and I’m from a small village called Julianstown in Co. Meath and I’m currently employed as a Clerical Supervisor in a public transport company based in Dublin. I’m also a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Irish Studies and this is where I found my love for Republicanism and Fianna Fáil. Some of the issues that I’m most passionate about are access to education, gender equality, rights for people with disabilities, workers’ rights and the re-unification of the island of Ireland.

My time in university was dominated by extra-curricular activities: I served numerous positions on the Trinity Men’s Gaelic Football Club committee, including PRO and Chairperson; I was a class representative on the TCD Students’ Union for two years; but most important to the role of Leinster Organiser, I served as PRO and Vice-Chairperson of the Wolfe Tone Cumann, Trinity’s Fianna Fáil unit.

I have major plans as Leinster Organiser for Ógra Fianna Fáil, focusing mainly on recruitment and member retention. This will have a particular focus on women, third level institutions and CDC’s where we currently have no presence. I also plan to identify the issues that matter to people across the region and work with Ógra colleagues, party spokespeople and elected representatives to develop solutions.

Email Bryan | bryan.mallon@ogra.ie


Lee Nolan-Bolger

Munster Organiser

My name is Lee. I am originally from Waterford and currently live in Cork, where I am in my 2nd year studying a BSc in Business Information Systems at UCC. I currently serve as Chairperson of the Donogh O’Malley Cumann, UCC and PRO of the Gary Wyse Cumann, Waterford. When I get some free time I play Football and Ultimate Frisbee.

I look forward to taking the skills I’ve learned from chairing the UCC Cumann and implementing them for the rest of the Munster region. We’ve had great growth during my time in UCC. Based on this success, I hope to support ITs, regional cumainn and other universities to achieve similar growth across Munster. Getting cumainn active across the region is incredibly important around election-time. As Munster Organiser, I want to encourage as many young people as possible to get out and support their local candidates and public representatives.

If anyone wants to get in contact with me, please feel free to send me a message and I will help you in any way I can.

Email Lee | leenolan.bolger@ogra.ie


Liam Gleeson

Dublin Organiser

I am a first-year history and politics student and have been involved in Ógra since the age of 16. I was re-elected to the position of Dublin Organiser at the National Youth Conference in Portlaoise.

As Dublin organiser, I plan to work to ensure that local Ógra units are in a position to help Fianna Fáil senior party and its public representatives and candidates. I am also keen to work with third level units to ensure that we have strong and active units in third level institutions. I also hope to increase the participation of our college members in their home CDC’s when they return home from college.

When I joined Ógra it was important there was a balance between the policy side of the organisation and the social activities. As Dublin Organiser, I will hold more social events for members to stay engaged with the organisation. If policy-making or canvassing aren’t for you, there are many other activities that members can take part in.

Email Liam | liam.gleeson@ogra.ie


Martina Mannion

Connacht-Ulster Organiser

I am a trainee doctor from Co. Mayo and your Connacht-Ulster Organiser. I am currently completing a general practice clerkship in Co. Roscommon. I previously served as Treasurer and later Secretary of our NUIG unit, Cumann de Barra.

I hope to establish and grow cumainn in the region as well as organise events and workshops for our members. Recruitment and keeping our members active in the organisation is a particular area of interest of mine.

I represent young people in the region by engaging with the ideas and concerns of the membership and maintaining a strong rapport with our public reps. Being a part of the Central Officer Board allows me to advocate on issues relevant to the region and its members. The role of a regional organiser also involves coordinating canvassing efforts to help support our candidates in the region.

Email Martina | martina.mannion@ogra.ie


Ruairí Cormican

Northern Organiser

My name’s Ruairí, I’m a Finance student at Queen’s University Belfast, where I’m also Vice-Chair of the QUB Cumann. I got involved with Ógra because I firmly believe Fianna Fáil can bring a strong economy and social services to the North, and lead to way forward to a united Ireland.

As Northern Organiser, I help support the QUB Cumann and the newly established UU Cumann to grow a strong base for the party in the North. I also work alongside our partners in the SDLP to further develop the partnership between the two parties.

Email Ruairí | ruairi.cormican@ogra.ie

History of Ógra Fianna Fáil

Founded in 1975 as the youth wing of Fianna Fáil The Republican Party, membership of Ógra is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 inclusive, either in higher education institutions or in any constituency around the island of Ireland.

Many members of the current Parliamentary Party began their political involvement in Ógra and are a strong testament to Ógra’s role in encouraging active participation of young people at all levels of the Fianna Fáil Party and in public life. Members have also held key positions in student politics across the country and been leaders in their communities and local groups.

Social and political activities are important in Ógra and the National Youth Conference and Summer School, which take place every year, as well as many other national, regional and local events, are exciting and interesting both politically and socially.

It was visionary, idealistic and committed young people who founded Fianna Fáil, under the leadership of Eamon de Valera in 1926. What followed was a momentous national movement encompassing the ideals of a united Ireland, social and economic advancement and equal opportunities.

The next decade will present many more challenges for Ógra, but that is what Ógra is all about: meeting challenges. The vibrancy and enthusiasm of youth is a unique thing that should be cherished and used to its full potential. Ógra will continue to play a defining role in the future of Ireland’s largest political party and in shaping the Ireland we want to live in.

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