RMA News September 2019


We held our AGM in the Anner Hotel Thurles Co Tipperary in mid-May under the 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, Máire Ní Chéidigh 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. Click here to Download the revised Constitution.

Resolutions were passed dealing with the Alliance, TUI support, pensions and communication with members. Guests at our AGM included the Retired Secondary Teachers Association. TUI was represented by Martin Marjoram Vice-President and Michael Gillespie, Assistant General Secretary.

Ronan Smyth from Cornmarket gave an address on their services to retirees and conducted a free draw.

Membership Officer Michael McNulty and Secretary Dan Keane were re-elected to their positions and rejoin Chairperson Martin Hoye, Social/Cultural Officer Risteard O Craoibhin, and Treasurer Tim O’Meara, 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 Liam O’Donoghue Thurles by who gave us a talk on the History of Gaelic Games prior to the foundation of the GAA.

At the time of the AGM concern was raised that pension restoration money due since January 2019 had still not been received by the members concerned but I am happy to inform you that this situation has been resolved.  Concerns were also expressed re increases due to post 2012 retirees had not been paid, this is still an issue and will be an agenda item at the next Management Committee meeting in September

Of course it’s autumn again and another break looms. This time it’s off to Waterford from October 15th to the 18th we will be in the Tracey’s Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre

·         €180.00 pps, single supplement €10.00 per night (3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast)

·         Dinner and breakfast in the Hotel Restaurant. Music in the Timbertones bar on Wednesday and Thursday night.

·         Wednesday 16th – Depart Hotel by coach at 10.00 am. Tour to include: the Hook Lighthouse and the JFK Homestead or Tintern Abbey. Cost: €25.00

·         Thursday 17th – at your own pace, visit Treasures of Viking Waterford (€6), Reginald’s Tower (€6) and/or the House of Waterford Crystal (€12).

Check your membership renewal notice pack or click here 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.

Dan Keane, RMA Secretary