November 2023 saw two of Ireland’s big three parties, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, hold their ard fheis. In addition, the Green Party and the DUP held their annual gatherings in October, and Fine Gael held a special agricultural conference. Ciarán Galway and Joshua Murray have been attending ardfheiseanna around the country.
DUP party conference 2023
13 October 2023 • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, County Antrim
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson MP
Green Party annual convention 2023
22 October 2023 • Clayton Hotel and Cork City Hall, Cork
• “In a world at war, voting Green is a vote for a more peaceful world. In a world that is burning, voting Green protects our people. It is the antidote to fear. It brings a future we can all believe in.
• “The bombing of civilians is never justified and is never going to work. The oppression of the people in Gaza and the West Bank has to stop now. The humanitarian imperative requires an immediate cease fire.
• “Algorithms are designed to hold our attention by promoting what we like, confirming our existing prejudices, and promoting greater polarisation. It is a threat to our democracy as we are bombarded with disinformation and conspiracy theories.”
Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan TD
Fine Gael special agricultural conference
18 November 2023 • Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, County Kildare
• “As we move towards the end of a third term in government, we are up for fighting for a fourth. This party needs to use days like today to prepare for what is coming. Next year is a watershed moment in Irish politics.
• “The only way our arguments win is if all of us are saying the same things and backing each other up and contradicting the conspiracy theorists that are out there that want to try and undermine the rational, positive, responsible politics that Fine Gael leads every single day of the week.
• “This country is not perfect, it never will be. There will always be things to achieve, there will always be new challenges that will come out of left field like Covid did, like Brexit did, like the war in Ukraine.”
Fine Gael deputy leader, Simon Coveney TD