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Ireland’s Youngest Elected Activists Promote Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress

3 November, 2009

Ireland’s youngest Councillors Johnny McGibbon and Charlene O’Hara, the Assembly’s youngest MLA, Daithí McKay and Ógra Shinn Féin National Organiser Barry McColgan gathered at the Felons Club in Belfast today to promote the republican youth movement’s upcoming National Congress being held in the city in less than 2 weeks from the 13 – 15 November.

The national youth event will see over 100 delegates converge in Belfast, to discuss, and debate the most pressing political issues affecting Irish youth, and plan the upcoming year for Ireland’s fastest growing, most active youth wing.

The republican youth movement will also be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Na Fianna Éireann, and remembering the young Fianna who died in Ireland’s freedom struggle by hosting a special dinner dance in the Holiday Inn on Ormeau Avenue in Belfast on Saturday 14th November. Limited tickets are still available priced at only £40.

Encouraging young people to come along to the weekend of activities and debate, Daithí McKay MLA said,

“The Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress presents an opportunity for young people to have a say on the future direction of the republican struggle, and to engage with the Sinn Féin leadership on the most challenging issues facing us and our communities today. It allows young republicans to come together and debate the most burning issues facing young people and how we can play a pro – active role in shaping a better society.”

“The National Congress is not merely a political event, but a social event, where friendships are forged and ideas and debate exchanged. It will be an excellent place for young people to find out more about republicanism, and the struggle today in a relaxed, comfortable and youthful environment. I for one will be there, and would encourage the maximum number of young republicans to come along and enjoy this weekend of debate, comradeship, craic agus ceol.” CRÍOCH

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