Slugger live reporting from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis…

Fianna_Fáil_logoSo for the first time (I think), Slugger will be reporting live from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in the RDS in Dublin this weekend. I will do my no doubt imperfect best to channel our own Alan in Belfast, by recording speeches and interviews with leading politicians and ordinary activists alike inside the party. I also hope to talk to some of the non party guest speakers.

The Clar, or programme, for the event is here. Topics I’m particularly interested in covering include: political reform (Friday evening after the opening speech); Professor Tim Bale on the challenges for FF revival; Reimagining Rural Ireland on Saturday morning; and in the afternoon for a session on gender balance. There’s also a session on new media and one youth engagement I will try to get along to…

I am hoping to catch up with the party leader at some point… I’ve started to put together some questions (obviously with something of a northern bent to them) but you are more than welcome to post your own either in the comment zone below, or on the Google moderator page here where you can add your own and vote others questions up and down.

I’m also keen to bring together an informal group of party activists to draw out their views not simply about the future of the party but the wider future of Republicanism in Ireland, both north and south… If you are going to be there and are interested sign up at the Google plus or Facebook event pages…

  • Barry the Blender

    Will slugger cover the three main party conferences in great Britain?

  • Mick Fealty

    You offering to fund it Barry? Beyond SF this is the first southern conference we’ve covered… I did cover the Tory conference in 2006 when I was writing for the CIF blog: http://goo.gl/5euc2

  • Was about to say that “we” covered the last Dublin-based Sinn Fein ard fheis too back in 2010, but having failed to find the post on Slugger, I must have just done it for myself on AiB back in those days.

    Found this wee video from the ard fheis though:

  • Offered a question on the Moderator page:

    “If elected what policies would Fianna Fáil implement in relation to the rights of Irish-speaking citizens? Do you personally favour a fully bilingual Ireland along the lines of Québec or Catalonia? Will you legislate to create such a state?”

  • Mick Fealty

    That’s not showing for some reason ASF…

    You did I’m pretty sure Alan, that was a slip of the tongue on my part on the audioboo…

  • Roy Walsh

    Was past there this morning, noticed a few éirígí types also, the notable things, apart from their annoying shouting was,
    the manner in which FF types sensibly ignored them entering and exiting.
    The fact éirígí seem to have emulated John Hume with their ‘single transferable speech, in this case same shit, same shovel.
    And finally, the fact, none of the FF types are tainted, in any way, with the murder of 31 innocent men, women and children, two of whom were not Irish. I suspect the same cannot be said of éirígí.

  • Mick Fealty

    I didn’t get the chance to interview Mr Martin, but do keep the questions coming on the Moderator page!! They will NOT go to waste!!!