On Saturday 4 November, ALDE Party member Fianna Fáil held its 81st Ard Fheis in Dublin ahead of upcoming local and European elections in the country in June next year.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD, Ireland’s Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs, delivered a keynote speech outlining his future aspirations for Ireland on topical subjects such as housing, health services, infrastructure, climate and foreign affairs.
A wonderful day so far at our 81ú Ard Fheis, meeting delegates from all over.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) November 4, 2023
We have worked hard to help our country overcome the difficulties of the past three years and have put in place policies for sustained long-term progress.
Delivering for Ireland, Delivering for you. pic.twitter.com/UKYhbSOXH6
Martin underlined his condemnation for the situation in Gaza, offered his continuous support for Ukraine as a future member of the European Union and explained the central role that the EU has played for Ireland’s development as a country.
“Ireland must stand with Europe. Ireland must stand against the corrosive euroscepticism and anti-democratic regimes which seek to undermine the Union. We can see in our nearest neighbour the damage which unchecked anti-EU politics can cause,” said Martin.
“And that is why next year’s European elections are so vital. In spite of how important the EU is for us, many of Ireland’s MEPs are aggressively anti-EU. I am proud that in Billy Kelleher and Barry Andrews, Fianna Fáil has two MEPs who are known for their hard work on behalf of the people of Ireland.”
“It is time for all of us who value the European Union, who see it as vital to Ireland’s interests, to stand up against those who want Ireland to take a radically damaging anti-EU direction.”
ALDE Party co-President Senator Timmy Dooley took part in a panel discussion with participants including Barry Andrews MEP and Billy Kelleher MEP on potential solutions to tackle disinformation and populism in politics.
The event also included several debates on child care, home ownership, economic stability, access to health care and education, agriculture and fisheries.
At the fringe of the Ard Fheis, ALDE Party hosted a diplomatic and international reception.
Brill atmosphere today @fiannafailparty Ard Fheis in Dublin; Always a great opportunity to meet with friends & members from around the country.Lots of engaging sessions throughout the day concluding w/ powerful speeches from Minister @DarraghOBrienTD & Leader @MichealMartinTD. 👏 pic.twitter.com/LKBSZliSfD— Barry Andrews MEP (@BarryAndrewsMEP) November 4, 2023
Photo: Fianna Fáil