Well for instance in the regional conference in Roscommon, members questioned the local minister and his colleagues regarding the future of Roscommon Hospital. If every unit was to ask about their own local hospital at and Ard Fheis we'd be a long time going through motions. Ard Fheis is much more formal where youre proposing a motion rather than getting a chance to ask questions, get answers (hopefully) and respond.What's the point in packing out any venue? Tell me what issues were raised, ever? Please tell me. As for your last, do you mean you're on the TV for s****?
Agriculture was an important theme in both Roscommon and Galway (haven't been to any more so don't know about others). Tourism popped up in Galway and is to again in Clare I think so they tackle areas that are more relevant to areas which and Ard Fheis can't achieve.
Ard Fheis would focus more on national economy, national health, social welfare etc. These are still discussed at regional conferences but not all. For example Dublin might discuss economy, Cork Health and so on. Conferences are much more efficient for local membership however the Ard Fheis is not being devalued in my view by holding them.
And party organisation is discussed on Friday night of Ard Fheis so no we're not on TV for ____________