RMA News September 2015

Since the May 2015 edition of TUI News much has happened.  Substantial progress has been made by the Alliance of Retired Public Servants in securing the full restoration of pensions up to €34,132.00 over a three year period, and a commitment from Minister Howlin to address the remainder in Budget 2019.  In securing the restoration, the Alliance met with Officials of the Department of the Public Service on 7 or 8 occasions and also met with Minister Howlin on three occasions. In money terms, what has been agreed covers €90 millions out of a total of €120 millions.  Details of the phasing of the restoration are available on the website: www.rmatui.ie

This year, we returned to the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in Limerick for our AGM at the end of May.  Adjustments to the organisation of the AGM proved very successful, with document packs for all members attending, and the use of a Data Projector for most of the agenda items.  Standing Orders for our AGM has now been given its proper status, with three non-Management Committee members, and continuity assured through the election each year of one replacement. The current Standing Orders members are Frank Dooley, Ted Forde and Sean McCarthy.

A large number of amendments to our Constitution that were passed, making it more coherent, have since been approved by the TUI Executive Committee.  The revised Constitution is also downloadable from the website.

The AGM was also presented with an extremely well put-together interim report from the Benevolent Fund sub-committee.  Their research, though not complete, points to the possibility of a feasible Fund provided the TUI membership comes on board. When the sub-committee’s work is complete, its Report will be presented to the Management Committee and progressed from there. I want to thank all the members of that sub-committee, and in particular Jim Connolly for their efforts to date.

A motion changing the format of our future AGMs was agreed.  This arose from concerns expressed to the Management Committee that the ‘start time’ of 10.00 am was unsuitable for members wishing to attend only on the day of the AGM.  There was also an issue with the volume of Agenda items to be dealt with in the available time, noting that the AGM normally ended no later than 1.00 pm. This has been the practice for a long time, and allowed for lunch before participating in the usual afternoon tour.  The new arrangement will see an 11.30 start with the business end of the AGM ending at 5.00 pm.  The Gala Dinner and Dr Charles McCarthy Lecture will continue as usual later that evening, with the tour on the following day DELETION.

Resolutions were passed dealing with the Alliance, TUI support, pensions and communication with members.  There is no change to the Annual Subscription – which is now due unless you are a new member.  Guests at our AGM included representatives from the Retired Teachers Association of Ireland, the Retired Secondary Teachers Association and the Garda Retired Association. TUI was represented by Gabriel Burke from the Executive Committee and by Michael Gillespie, AGS.

The Dr Charles McCarthy lecture was given by Des Lally.  This proved to be an entertaining and informative talk on the contributions of Michael MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards to the Abbey Theatre and to Dublin society in past decades.

Our Management Committee has grown through the development of the Areas and Branches, some of which have been given their own Area because of location and size – Cork, Kerry and Donegal.  Our Treasurer Raymond Hatton stepped down this year.  Ray has given many years of sterling service to the RMA and his cool head and voice of reason will be missed from the Management Committee’s meetings. On behalf of the Management Committee and on the members behalf let me say ‘Thank You Ray, for your enduring commitment and all your hard work’.

Of course it’s Autumn again, and another Break looms.  This time it’s off to the Clayton Hotel, Galway, from October 13th to the 16th.  Check your membership renewal notice pack for a booking form and other details. The programme will include two tours and a very attractive package has been negotiated.

Finally, can I remind you that membership renewal forms are available on the website (http://www.rmatui.ie/join-rma/) as are a host of other items e.g. Security Fund refund forms, the Constitution, contact details for Management Committee members and Branches, details of our pension restoration phasing etc. That address again is www.rmatui.ie.

Martin Hoye: RMA Secretary