The branch is the most important unit in our community. It is the source of policy, the focus of YFG’s social life, and the driver of Young Fine Gael as a campaigning and political organisation.
When you join a branch, you become a stakeholder in the Fine Gael movement. You are taking an important step forward for yourself, for your family, for your friends and community, and indeed for your country. Joining a branch means joining with a group of similarly minded young people who feel they want to contribute to the political growth of Ireland. This is what real republicanism is. It is democracy in action.
Branches are the main generators of policy in YFG. In the past decade, branches have fuelled campaigns on road safety, dignity for young and learner drivers, suicide awareness, youth depression, sexual health, youth emigration, third –level fees, and employment opportunities. Our branches in universities and institutes of technology across the island have played a very active part in student politics, addressing campus issues and student concerns as they arise.
When you join YFG, your branch is your support. If you have an idea, the branch will be your vehicle through the organisation. If you wish to change YFG and even Fine Gael policy, your branch is at your disposal. Both your sounding board and your source of strength, the branch really is the group of people who will stand with you through thick and thin.