The conference which aimed to facilitate young people to become future leaders in the party as well as future stakeholders in Irish society took place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Monday 12th December.
Speaking after the conference Cllr Murray who is the youngest member of Donegal County Council said: “In the last number of years, Sinn Féin in Inishowen has witnessed an influx of young people who are eager to become involved in republican politics.
“This is reflected in the vote that our party received in the
recent elections which secured Sinn Féin’s position as the largest party in the
peninsula; a huge proportion of those votes came from young people.
“As a party, it is our duty to facilitate young people to
become future leaders in Sinn Féin and stakeholders in Irish society.
“With that in mind we decided to organise a youth conference as a forum for young people to contribute to the development of Sinn Féin and to engage with the party leadership about issues that matter to young people.
“No section of our society can claim to be more let down by politicians
than young people. Those aged 18-25 have a much higher chance of being
unemployed than any other age group. Thousands of educated young people have left Donegal in search of work and many more are planning to leave.
“The young people who attended the conference are fed up with the political culture created by Fianna Fáil. They are frustrated further that Fine Gael and Labour have now signed up the culture of protecting the wealthy while taxing those who can least afford it.
“These young people now want to effect change as members of Sinn Féin.”