The Fine Gael National Conference took place in the Malton Hotel in Killarney at the weekend (19th/20th March 2010). You can read Enda Kenny’s speech here.
At the conference, Fine Gael made some really solid policy proposals, particularly in the area of the economy, health and political reform.
I have some reservations about the party proposals on political reform, particularly the abolition of the Seanad, which I oppose in favour of root and branch reform, and the proposed PR List election system, which I feel will take real power away from the electorate.
Thankfully, Fine Gael has never stifled debate and there was a very healthy exchange of ideas in Killarney at the weekend. I think it is a sign of a vibrant and self-assured party that dissent and discussion is so openly encouraged.
I spoke at several of the sessions at the National Conference, specifically on issues relating to water, child protection and local government.