Fianna Fáil is an Irish political party. It was founded in 1926 by Éamon DeValera and Constance Markievicz, . Its leader is Micheál Martin, who has also been Taoiseach since 2020. It was a faction of Sinn Fein - another Irish political party alongside Fine Gael - before splitting to become its own political party in 1926. Its name is translated from Irish as 'Soldiers of Destiny' but literally means 'Warriors of Fál' (Fál was the name of Ireland in legends).
|Leader and Taoiseach||Micheál Martin|
|General Secretary||Seán Dorgan|
|Seanad Leader||Lisa Chambers|
|Founder||Éamon de Valera|
|Founded||16 May 1926|
|Split from||Sinn Féin|
|Headquarters||65–66 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2,|
D02 NX40, Ireland
|Youth wing||Ógra Fianna Fáil|
|Political position||Centre to|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|International affiliation||Liberal International|
|European Parliament group||Renew Europea[›]|
|Slogan||An Ireland for All|
"We'll Be There"
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|European Parliament[nb 1]|
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|Local government in the Republic of Ireland|
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^ a: Member of the EPD group from 1973 to 1984, the EDA group from 1984 to 1995, the UfE group from 1995 to 1999, the UEN group from 1999 to 2009, and the ALDE group from 2009 to 2014.
There have been eight leaders of the Fianna Fáil since its creation in 1926. They are:
- Éamon de Valera, (1926 – 1959)
- Seán Lemass, (1959 – 1966)
- Jack Lynch, (1966 – 1979)
- Charles Haughey, (1979 – 1992)
- Albert Reynolds, (1992 – 1994)
- Bertie Ahern, (1994 – 2008)
- Brian Cowen, (2008 – 2011)
- Micháel Martin (2011 onwards)
The Youth Wing of Fianna Fáil is the Ógra Fianna Fáil, which was created in 1975 to get younger people to vote and support the party.
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- Pronounced: Fee-ann-ah Foy-l
- Official party website
- The Official Youth Wing 'Ógra Fianna Fáil's' website Archived 2015-07-04 at the Wayback Machine