A motion calling on the government to approve “to bring forward legislation allowing gay couples to adopt” was proposed by the DCU Young Fine Gael (YFG) branch and subsequently passed at the YFG National Conference in Tullamore on Saturday 18th February 2012.
“YFG members debated and voted on the motion about adoption for gay couples and it was passed yesterday (Saturday). Speakers highlighted the importance of recognising that gay couples already have children in Ireland and that the law simply has not kept up with this, leading to situations where parents do not have necessary legal rights to access to their children. We will propose this motion for debate at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in March”, commented newly-elected YFG President, Patrick Molloy.
“The quality of discussion about policy proved that YFG members have a deep interest in where our country is now, and how to make it the country we all want to live in. A number of new policies were adopted by YFG members, including re-negotiating promissory notes (passed unanimously), making provisions in the Incitement to Hatred Act to cover social media, creating additional agricultural training places to develop the food economy, re-negotiating the Croke Park Agreement, developing stability in the Eurozone, and capping social welfare benefits at industrial wage levels,” Patrick Molloy, YFG President commented.
“We were also very proud to recognise the enormous role of Garret FitzGerald in the foundation of YFG, and feel that re-naming our annual summer school event as the Garret FitzGerald YFG Summer School is an apt recognition of the spirit of open discussion and debate that he created and fostered in YFG,” Patrick Molloy concluded.
Patrick Molloy stated: “The policy motions were selected from hundreds submitted by YFG branches and covered economic, European, education, and social policy. We are very proud that our organisation is politically autonomous and that our campaigns and policies are driven by our own members, based on the issues they care passionately about. For example, the debate about fracking proved to be one of the more contentious motions where members balanced the benefits of job creation and energy security against the possible environmental hazards involved and, in a close vote, the motion was defeated.
“In a busy weekend where our new National Executive was elected, over 500 members came and engaged with their country’s future, with their fellow members and with senior politicians.”