RMA news update January 2014

I am sad to have to report that Dora Weafer passed away on the 17th December 2013.   Dora was as you know one of the stalwarts of the RMA and the organiser of many of our AGM’s, spring and autumn outings.  Dora had a stroke three years ago and bore her illness over that time with great dignity.  Many of you have been asking about her ever since her illness began, she was so regarded and remembered by all who knew her.  Unfortunately I was away when she died but Moya Corry and several other RMA members were able to attend her funeral and express our sympathy to her family.  May she rest in peace.

I hope you are keeping up to date with our website, I know you are because when I now type in rmatui.ie the site and many options on the site appear immediately.  Just to remind you and maybe to prompt those of you who have not yet visited the site the next branch meeting in Cork is on the 30th January and the next branch meeting in Dublin is on 31st January and a branch meeting is also organised for Mayo on the 5th February details of all these meetings are to be found on the website.  Those who are looking for the sun will find details for trips to Benalmadena Costa del Sol, 16th to 23rd March costing €493 per person sharing Lanzarote 2nd to 9th March costing €715 per person sharing and Turkey also on the website.  We do not have the details for the spring break at this time but keep an eye on the website for breaking news. The development of the website has been a great achievement for the RMA and is due mainly to the work of Mark Jordan and our Chairman Jim McCarthy.

A number of Branches held Christmas Lunches (Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Kildare, Mayo and Navan) these have proved a great success and the number is growing. I attended one in Navan with the Meath Branch it was a great occasion with everyone in a relaxed and cheerful mood.

We continue to make progress with the development of the Alliance.  On Monday the 9th December the officers of the Alliance met with Shay Cody and Tom Geraghty of the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  This meeting was at their request and was to foster a working relationship between the Alliance and the PSC.  The PSC is to formally invite the Alliance as observers at their AGM in May; further meetings will be held in-between then.  This is a huge development for the Alliance and we have achieved this in a very short space of time.  The growth of the Alliance and its cohesion has contributed to this progress.

The Alliance will hold its first AGM on 30th Jan at which the Constitution will be passed and a new Council installed.  This fulfils the main condition of the Minister for recognition of the Alliance as the voice of the retired public servants.

Don’t forget, to keep in touch check the website.

Christy Conville

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