FF's mini ard fheis could begin trend
Fianna Fail is holding a regional party conference later this month -- in what may be the start of a series of mini ard fheiseanna.
Unlike the four other main parties, Fine Gael, the Labour Party, the Green Party and Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail decided against holding a party conference this spring.
The party might hold a one-day national conference later on in the year.
In the meantime, the party organisation in Galway is holding its own one-day conference in the city.
Fianna Fail's constituency operation in Galway West and Galway East are joining forces to revive the tradition of local organisations holding their own conferences.
The move may be followed in other parts of the country.
FF headquarters said that if organisations wanted to hold a conference, they were entitled to.
The conference in the Clayton Hotel in three weeks' time will be addressed by ministers from Connacht and Ulster including Tanaiste Mary Coughlan, Eamon O Cuiv, Brendan Smith and Dara Calleary.
The discussions will focus on job creation, unemployment, agriculture, banks and social welfare. The holding of such conferences is seen as a way to reconnect with the local grassroots members.