We held our AGM in the Tullamore Court Hotel Tullamore at the end of May under the new format that had been decided at a previous AGM. Adjustments to the organisation of the AGM have 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 Mick Daly, Miora Finnegan and Noel Spittle.
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.
Resolutions were passed dealing with the Alliance, TUI support, pensions and communication with members. Guests at our AGM included representatives from Retired Teachers Association of Ireland, the Retired Secondary Teachers Association. TUI was represented by Seamus Lahart Vice-President and Michael Gillespie, Assistant General Secretary.
Peter Rigney from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions gave us a presentation on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was very informative and I am sure of benefit to all who heard it.
Paul Roche TUI Credit Union also gave a presentation to the AGM.
Tim O’Meara was re-elected to the position of Treasurer and rejoins Chairperson; Martin Hoye, Social/Cultural Officer; Risteard O Craoibhin, Membership Officer; Michael McNulty and Secretary; Dan Keane to form an officer board to work on your behalf over the coming year.
As has been tradition, our Gala Dinner was the occasion for the Dr. Charles McCarthy Memorial Lecture. This year, we were entertained by Peter Rigney ICTU, who gave us a talk on Ireland in 1918
TUI President Joanne Erwin and General Secretary John MacGabhann joined us at Dinner after attending an emergency meeting of TUI Executive in Head Office and we are very grateful that they travelled to Tullamore despite their very busy schedule.
Of course it’s autumn again and another break looms. This time it’s off to the Garden of Ireland, from October 16th to the 19th we will be in the Arklow Bay Hotel and Leisure Club
· €159.00 pps, single supplement €15.00 per night (3nights dinner, bed and breakfast)
· Dinner and breakfast in the Hotel Restaurant
· Wednesday 17th – Depart Hotel by coach at 10.30 am. Visits to Glendalough, Avoca and Avondale Lunch on route.
· Thursday 18th – Depart Hotel by coach at 10.30 am. Visits to Kilruddery, Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall and Wicklow Gaol.
· Tours cost €25.00 each (per person/ per day)
Note: Both trips subject to amendments
Check your membership renewal notice pack or the website for a booking form and other details.
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 as are a host of other items e.g, Security Fund refund forms, the Constitution, contact details for Management Committee members and Branches?
Dan Keane, RMA Secretary