I have to say that the calibre of lot all the parties youth members is worse than poor. They'd give a dog a bad name. I think that TD's and councillors and other party rep's. should sit down with a lot of their youth members and, if they are poor, start the process of encouraging them (because you can't just ask them to leave of course if they have done nothing wrong policy wise) to leave the parties. A lot of the parties youth members are only supporting their parties in a careerist way.
I am thinking, in particular, of Ógra Fianna Fáil and Young Fine Gael. Because Labour don't have a big (politically speaking, in an Irish context) youth section as do not Sinn Féin etc. I believe.
I am not trying to encourage good young party members to leave their parties merely, at least, accept that they have a problem and maybe, if possible, go about addressing it.
Chiefly, though, I want elected public representatives to "get" that most people don't "get" the same people. In the real world.*
* I know this is going to infuriate many posters on this site and I don't hold a great deal of hope in the capabilities of most of the young party members to understand me so it would be good at least if their public representatives got what I am talking about.
I admire many politicians in Ireland. However a lot of the parties youth members (the youngest of them can be understood of course) would help turn people like me interested in politics apolitical.
I will personally speaking continue to be interested in politics but the calibre of some politicians and many of their members is something that contributes to the disillusionment of politics. Whether you believe that there are a disproportionately higher number of poor calibre youth members in YFG and OFF in particular in comparison to the number of their poor calibre older members is something for each individual to decide.
I have let you know what I think, on this.
I would love to be proved wrong.