The Chair of North Tipperary Fianna Fáil Arthur Griffin of Thurles was in London recently to address a meeting of the Roger Casement Cumman (London).
The invite came from the Chair of FF overseas Eoin O’Niallain from County Clare. Arthur took the chair last November and became the youngest constituency chair in the Fianna Fáil party. He was then invited to come to London to speak to the meeting about internal Fianna Fáil structures. Eoin O’Niallain welcomed Arthur to London and thanked him for travelling to address party colleagues living in the UK. The Casement Cumman has members from Clare, Cork, Donegal, Mayo, Derry, Dublin and Galway and includes party Vice-President 25 year old Lisa Chambers.
“In North Tipperary we have focused on combining the experience of long-serving members with the energy and fresh ideas of youth. I am the youngest constituency chair in the country, but we also have the youngest FF public rep in Cllr Gerard Fogarty and the youngest woman on the National Executive in Leonie O’Connell. Greg Moroney from Newport is chair of the largest cumman in the country the Kevin Barry Cumman, UCD and in my own cumman in Thurles 21 year old David Maher and 17 year old Eoin Long are party officers. Youth alone of course is not the answer to rebuilding, but we believe fresh energy injected into the party organisation is no bad thing,” he told the meeting.
Treasurer Laurence Crossan, made a presentation to Arthur on behalf of the meeting. “Fianna Fáil is the only party offering the young people of Ireland any hope at the moment and into the future. That is why we stay involved over here. It is great to here that as well as policy reform, organisational reform is taking place too.
Speaking upon his return Arthur Griffin was happy with the meeting. “We have had great success at an Ógra level over the past while and thanks is owed to our youth officer Tim Maher who developed our interest in politics and republicanism. Our public reps both past and present have always been good to listen to us. It is true what Eoin said, Fianna Fáil is the only party offering new hope for a younger generation and anyone who looks at Micheál Martin’s leadership can see the party is returning to the roots of community activism and nationalism. The people in London were eager to understand about internal structural matters. We have had a lot of organisational changes in the party of late to reflect not only the party’s changed circumstances but also to modernise the organisation. I have to admit I was proud to be asked to come over and speak.”