Young Fine Gael Dundalk
- Young Fine Gael - politically and socially the best.
- Me, Myself, and I
- Young Fine Gael (YFG) is the youth wing of the Fine Gael party and always welcomes new members aged between 15 and 30.
To check out YFG on a National basis, go to www.yfg.ie
If you would like to join YFG Dundalk or have any interest at all, please don't hesitate to contact us by dropping a comment.
Fergus O'Dowd TD
Was first elected to the Dáil in May, 2002 and re-elected in May, 2007.
He was appointed Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesperson on Transport and Marine, September, 2007.
He was previously Spokesperson on Environment, Heritage and Local Government and served as Spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, June 2002, October, 2004.
Fergus was a Senator (Administrative Panel) from 1997 to 2002.
He served three terms as Mayor of Drogheda 1977-78, 1981-82 and 1994-95. He served on Louth County Council 1979-03.
Mairead McGuinness MEP
Mairead McGuinness was elected to the European Parliament, for the East constituency, in the European elections on 11 June 2004.
Mairead is a native of Ardee, Co. Louth, from a strong Fine Gael family. Married to Tom Duff, they have four children, twins Orlaith and James aged 13, Áine aged 10 and Cathal aged 5. They live near Drumconrath, Co. Meath
Mairead was named Magill Magazine MEP of the Year in 2006, for putting in a consistently strong performance in a new and challenging role in Europe.
Chairperson, Dundalk Town Council, 07-08.
Jim D'Arcy is a life-long member of Fine Gael who was first elected to Louth County Council in 1999 and Dundalk Town Council in 2004.
His priorities nclude -
Sustainable development with amenities and infrastructure
Maintenance of local health services
Better services for those with disabilities
Combating anti-social behaviour
He enjoys reading, history, Gaelic Games and horses.
His Local Authority Roles :
Councillor - Louth County Council - Dundalk South
Councillor - Dundalk Town Council - Dundalk Town East
Éamonn P O'Boyle
Elected as a fine gael town councillor in 2004 to dundalk town council in ward 3
a ward which previouvsy did not have a fine gael representative for over 20 years
is running again in 2009 to retain his town seat and win a county seat in dundalk-carlingford
terry has been a county councilor since 1985
he was an unsuccessful dail candidate in 1997 and 2002 polling over 4,000 votes in both elections
terry is running again for a final time to retain his county seat in dundalk-carlingford
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1. The Treaty will Raise Taxes
Contrary to what some would have us believe, the Reform Treaty does not provide a mechanism that will force Ireland to abandon its unique tax regime. This Treaty does not bring tax policy within the competence of the EU. This Treaty clarifies what areas the EU can legislate on, and tax is not one of them. Ireland retains control of its own tax policy and its own tax rates.
Under the new Treaty we will retain our veto on an EU-wide tax. There is no reference in the Treaty to a common tax policy whatsoever. The No side are deliberately misleading the public, alleging that the Reform Treaty will undermine our corporate tax rate of 12.5%. This is simply untrue. Ireland's veto on tax harmonisation is a sound legal instrument that cannot be lost unless our Government were to take a considered decision to do away with it. This is unlikely.
A Commission proposal for a "Common Co-ordinated Corporation Tax Base" is under discussion. The objective of this is to provide that, for the purposes of taxation, all Member States would use a common system of defining the tax base, but not the rates of tax. A number of Member States, including Ireland, have already made it clear that they will not agree to this. This proposal will not succeed.
2. A European Super-State is Planned
There is no evidence on reading this Treaty that a super-state is being created. Rather it is a sensible adjustment and improvement to how the current EU institutions work, aimed at making the EU function better now that it has 27 Member States, as opposed to the 15 Members which comprised the EU 5 years ago.
It has been stated by No campaigners that the Treaty is a grab for power by Brussels at the expense of Member States such as Ireland. They claim that the EU is taking control of more and more policy areas. In fact the opposite is the case. For the first time the Treaty sets out exactly what the EU has responsibility for and limits the EU to those areas. Where the EU has no responsibility, it cannot interfere. Thus for the first time ever, this Treaty sets out very clearly the areas where Member States such as Ireland are to share power with the EU and in all other areas the EU cannot interfere. This is a progressive step.
3. It's the Last Time we Will be Consulted with a Referendum
This is a myth being propagated by the No side. Some opponents claim that this is a "self-amending Treaty". This is utterly untrue. Ireland must, by virtue of its constitution, consult the people by means of a referendum when ratifying any Treaty. The Reform Treaty does not, in any way, fetter this obligation. The Treaty does provide for a simplified amending process for future Treaties but states categorically in the revised Article 33: "The amendments shall enter force after being ratified by all the member States in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements." In other words, no changes can take place unless there is a referendum in Ireland, which is the usual procedure. Thus the myth that there will be no further referenda can by exposed for what it is.
4. Immigration Will Be Rife
The myth is also being put out that this Referendum will lead to mass immigration to Ireland, putting huge pressure on our employment levels as well as on our social welfare system. Again this is nonsense. Ireland, when signing up to the Treaty of Rome in 1973 agreed to the Free Movement of Workers, a principle that is a cornerstone of the EU. It has allowed Irish people to live and work all over Europe and has provided us with Latvian, German, Polish, French and other workers in this country. This has been good for Irish people and good for our economy. Immigrants from other Member States come to Ireland because there are job opportunities. If there were none, they would not come. The Reform Treaty adds absolutely NOTHING new in relation to EU immigrants coming into this country. We can guarantee that NOT O
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YFG Dundalk had it's official launch on the 2nd April 2008, making the branch still relatively new to the scene.
After being greeted by local Fine Gael members and Mairead Mc Guinness MEP, the branch then elected people to various posts.
The results were as follows:
Chairperson: Martin Murnaghan
Vice-Chairperson: John Mc Gahon
Secretary: Sinead Williams
Treasurer: Rebecca Lambe
PRO: Aoife Mc Court
Our first meeting had a great turn-out from the youth in Dundalk. We would like to see our branch grow and continue from strength to strength- help us achieve that and join us!
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