Taking the Longer View: Fine Gael’s Commitment to Youth

The Young Fine Gael National Conference was held in Waterford this weekend (22-24 November). National Youth Officer Sarah O’Connor invited me to give the pre-dinner speech on Saturday evening. Drawing on research from my new book, I spoke about a commitment by certain elements of Fine Gael to encouraging young members and formulating youth policiesContinue reading “Taking the Longer View: Fine Gael’s Commitment to Youth”

Youth, Charisma and Politics: Some Thoughts Prompted by the NLI / RTÉ / JFK Talk

A shiny creature with dazzling teeth, golden skin and a mop of hair.  Ryan Tubridy’s description of John F. Kennedy succinctly captured the appearance of the man whose image welcomed the audience to the National Library of Ireland yesterday evening.  Tubridy was opening a talk on RTÉ’s role in covering JFK’s historic visit to IrelandContinue reading “Youth, Charisma and Politics: Some Thoughts Prompted by the NLI / RTÉ / JFK Talk”

Declan Costello’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?

Declan Costello died on 6 June 2011.  Profiles of the former Fine Gael TD following his death made continuous references to his Just Society document, published as the Fine Gael manifesto for the 1965 general election.  In his tribute, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny described the document as ‘an initiative that helped toContinue reading “Declan Costello’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?”