Tight security as Enda attends YFG conference in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny uses a selfie stick as he poses with delegates at the Young Fine Gael national conference
THERE was tight security at the Radisson Blu Hotel over the weekend as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the Young Fine Gael national conference.

THERE was tight security at the Radisson Blu Hotel over the weekend as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the Young Fine Gael national conference.

While there was a large garda presence in-and-around the Ennis Road hotel, there were no incidents of concern.

In his address, Mr Kenny urged young Fine Gael supporters to “get out from behind your computers” during the campaign ahead of the Marriage Equality Referendum.

While the Taoiseach praised young people for their expertise using social media, he stressed the importance of getting out and meeting with the electorate face to face.

“The power of a young person engaging in conversation cannot be underestimated. So while you are brilliant at the social media remember there is very little to beat knocking on the door and saying who you are and that you are representing Young Fine Gael and that I want to talk to you about a few things - about your family, about young people, about job opportunities - and that’s a really powerful message for parents and for young people in general to show that young people are interested and that politics actually works,” he said.

Following his address on Saturday evening, Mr Kenny mingled and chatted with delegates before holding a giant selfie stick and posing for a group selfie.

Earlier, Mr Kenny told delegates that the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum, which takes place on May 22, next is not about politics but a more equal Ireland.

“We want the referendum passed because I believe in marriage. I believe very strongly in marriage in the right to marriage. It is about commitment it’s about love and it’s about respect. It’s about patience and companionship. It’s about everything except gender,” he said.