Fianna Fáil has outlined details of its 73rd Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, describing it as a significant moment in the renewal of the party. Hundreds of Fianna Fáil members from across Kildare are expected to travel to the RDS for the two day event which begins this Friday (3rd March).

Fianna Fáil Whip and Kildare South TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said the Ard Fheis will give members a chance to have their voices heard about the future of Fianna Fáil.

“This weekend will be a pivotal moment in Fianna Fáil history, as we place more emphasis on the role of party members than ever before,” said Deputy Ó Fearghaíl. “The purpose of this Ard Fheis will be to reform the party so that our members have a greater role in the direction of Fianna Fáil into the future.

“There has been a real sense of excitement among Fianna Fáil members in Kildare about this Ard Fheis. We have had more interest from members than ever before in the elections to the party’s Ard Comhairle. Among those running for election to the Committee of Twenty on the Ard Comhairle is James Lawless from Sallins who is currently training as a Barrister and previously studied Mathematics and Computing at Trinity College. Áine Brady is also standing for the position of Vice President of the Party and is focussing on renewing the party in Kildare North while Gerry Bridgett from Athy is running for the position of Honorary Secretary.

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said the party has seen a significant increase in activity from members in the two Kildare constituencies and across the country in recent months.

“Fianna Fáil has a major and positive role to play in Irish public life and to do this it must start with valuing its members,” said Deputy Martin. “The biggest single message which I have heard from meeting thousands of members throughout the country is that Fianna Fáil must again be a party which listens to its members.

“Delegates this weekend will have the opportunity to vote on key proposals to reform Fianna Fáil. This includes a proposal to move to a One Member One Vote system, aimed at empowering every single Fianna Fáil member in County Kildare and across the country. This system will make our organisation stronger and more balanced.

“If Fianna Fáil is to be renewed then it must change the way it operates. We must empower our members to take a greater role within the party and in their communities. That’s what this Ard Fheis is about,” concluded Deputy Martin.