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Ardfheis or Ard Fheis (Irish pronunciation: [ˈɑːɾˠd̪ˠ ˈɛɕ] "high assembly"; plural Ardfheiseanna) is the name used by many Irish political parties for their annual party conference. The term was first used by Conradh na Gaeilge, the Irish language cultural organisation, for its annual convention.


Among the parties who hold Ardfheiseanna are:

In Northern Ireland, the term is not used by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, or by those parties which are not Irish-nationalist in outlook, such as the Alliance Party and Democratic Unionist Party.

In the Republic of Ireland, Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Communist Party, Renua Ireland and the Social Democrats do not use the term ardfheis.

Ard Chomhairle

Many political parties who use the term Ardfheis, also use the term Ard Chomhairle which means National Executive Committee. It literally translates as High Council.

In Scotland


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  2. ^ Bartley, Colin; Sheahan, Fionnan (3 April 2010). "FF's mini ard fheis could begin trend". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Green Party Convention 2017 Brochure". issuu. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  4. ^ Boyle, Dan (2006). A Journey to Change 25 Years of the Green Party in Irish Politics. Nonsuch Publishing. p. 122. ISBN 978-184588-559-5. 
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