We held our AGM in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny at the end of May under the new format that had been decided at the previous AGM. Adjustments to the organisation of the AGM proved very successful, with document packs for all members attending available at registration, and the use of a Data Projector for most of the agenda items. Standing Orders for 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, Majella O’Neill and Mick Daly.

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

The AGM was also presented with a report from the Benevolent Fund sub-committee by Vincent Breslin in the absence of Jim Connolly the sub-committee’s secretary. He informed the meeting that the sub-committee had investigated a number of models and that they were nearing completion of their work and would be bringing a final report to the Management Committee in the near future.

Resolutions were passed dealing with the Alliance, TUI support, pensions and communication with members. A motion to increase the Annual Subscription from €20 to €25 was carried and this is now due unless you are a new member. Guests at our AGM included representatives from Retired Teachers Association of Ireland and the Retired Secondary Teachers Association. The Meeting was also addressed by Sean O’Riordain from the Alliance of Retired Public Servants. TUI was represented by Joanne Irwin and Barry Williams (President and Vice-President elect at the time) and by Michael Gillespie, Assistant General Secretary.

The following Officers were elected Secretary; Dan Keane, Treasurer; Tim O’Meara, Membership Officer; Michael McNulty and Social/Cultural Officer; Martin Hoye, these join Chairperson Jim McCarthy to form an officer board to work on your behalf over the coming year. The Chairperson thanked Joan Kavanagh and Paddy Byrne for their work over the past few years.

As has been tradition, our Gala Dinner was the occasion for the Dr. Charles McCarthy Memorial Lecture. This year, we were privileged to have Sean Connolly — great grandson of James Connolly – to talk to us about the life, and work, and family of the patriot. Sean gave us an excellent presentation complete with ‘overhead’ slides of photographs and letters between family members. We look forward to Sean joining our association shortly.

The following day’s trip took us to AltamountGardens, where we had an opportunity to savour not just peace and tranquillity but a sea of vibrant colour. The gardens are a rich mosaic of flowers, plants and trees, and bird life. I would highly recommend a visit, but time it when the flowers are in bloom – late May onwards. Lunch awaited us at the nearby ‘Forge’ restaurant. This was a real treat, well presented, friendly staff, great choice and good value. Who could ask for more?

Of course it’s autumn again and another break looms. This time it’s off to the Sligo Park Hotel and Leisure Club, from October 11th to the 14th. Check your membership renewal notice pack or the website for a booking form and other details. The programme includes two tours and a very attractive package has been negotiated.

Reminder to Retired VEC/ETB/IT members. Have you returned your completed DAS authorisation form? If not please consider doing so today

Finally, can I remind you that membership renewal forms are available here on the website

Dan Keane, RMA Secretary

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