Ballymahon man heads up Ogra’s Leinster operations

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A young Ballymahon man has just been appointed to the position of Leinster Organiser of Ogra Fianna Fáil, writes

A young Ballymahon man has just been appointed to the position of Leinster Organiser of Ogra Fianna Fáil, writes

Aisling Kiernan

Darren Hughes is currently studying Legal Science and Sociology/Politics at NUIG and is a past pupil of the Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon.

It was during an Ogra’s youth conference event that was held last weekend when Mr Hughes beat the only other candidate in the race to secure the position.

“I am delighted to be in this position within the organisation and to represent Co Longford,” a delighted Mr Hughes told the Leader on Monday. He has been involved in politics since he was 16 having, as he said himself, “been influenced by Síona Cahill” - Cllr Mick Cahill’s daughter who herself has been deeply involved in Ogra Fianna Fáil.

“When I was 17, I contested the National Executive for the senior party and just lost out on a position by 10 or 15 votes,” he continued. “I was the youngest ever to contest that, so it was a big deal for me.”

Over the past few years,and the outgoing and motivated youth has been making shapes on the political scene. This year’s youth conference was his third event to attend and his selection was nomination based. He will now oversee the party’s work at Leinster level and involve himself in policy and decision making.

“I needed five nominations to get on the ballot paper and I was selected from there,” he added. “My job for the next 18 months is to look over Ogra Fianna Fáil in leinster and make sure that it is active and working well. We want to establish new ground as well and I will also act as a go-between, between Ogra and headquarters.”

Despite the difficult years that Fianna Fáil has encountered in recent times, Mr Hughes is adamant there is huge positivity among members of Ogra, and he pointed to a bright future for the party. “Look, there were 400 young people at the youth conference last weekend, what does that tell you?,” he added. “There is huge positivity in the organisation. There were numerous workshops throughout the weekend including one on equality and another on mental health. The future is bright and we as members of Ogra are very positive about party’s political future as well.” For more details email darren3500@gmail.com