FIANNA Fáil has been forced to scrap plans to hold its Ard Fheis in Citywest in June as it will now be used to process and eventually house refugees from Ukraine.
The party sent a note to members last night saying it had been “informed in the last few hours that Citywest will no longer be available” to host the ard fheis, scheduled for the 17th and 18th. June was scheduled at the venue in Saggart, Co Dublin.
The email came just hours after another email was sent to all Fianna Fáil members asking them to register for the ard fheis in Citywest.
The venue, which includes the state’s largest hotel with around 750 rooms and a convention center, is set to be used to house refugees for up to two years under a deal the government has begun negotiations on in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, the cabinet approved compensation to cover lost revenue for the hotel resulting from the deal.
The venue is already being used as an overflow facility for refugees arriving in the state from war-torn Ukraine, with the entire reception center set to move there from Dublin Airport shortly.
Fianna Fáil had planned to hold her first big post-pandemic party at Hotel Saggart this summer.
But the party said in its email to members last night that it was now unavailable and that “in anticipation of this we have been working to put contingency plans in place”.
The email adds: “We can confirm we are still working towards our Ard Fheis continuing in June. We will get back to you with revised details in the coming days.”
The email concludes: “I know you will be disappointed by this change of plan, but you will appreciate that this has been an evolving situation over the last few weeks which is beyond our control. We know that given the circumstances, you will understand.”
A spokeswoman for Fianna Fáil said: “In anticipation of Citywest becoming unavailable we have been working to put contingency plans in place. We can confirm we are still working to ensure our Ard Fheis continues in June. We will be in touch with members in the coming days with revised details.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fail-moves-ard-fheis-as-citywest-venue-used-to-help-ukrainian-refugees-41602822.html Fianna Fáil is moving ard fheis as a Citywest venue that used to help Ukrainian refugees