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About Us

Rules and Constitution of RSTA as amended at the RSTA National Conference 2017

Click on the following link:  Rules_and_Constitution_2017.pdf

RSTA is a voluntary organisation serving retired secondary teachers in Ireland since 1962

Newly retired secondary teachers find in the RSTA an important point of contact with colleagues who have already experienced the change in circumstances of moving from full-time teaching into retirement.Through its network of branches across the country RSTA organises events and travel at home and abroad that enrich the personal lives of members and foster our interest in and commitment to learning.  

The RSTA Newsletter and website are sources of information on areas of public policy relevant to retired teachers.  

The Association liaises with kindred organisations and is a voice specifically to represent retired secondary teachers in the public advocacy of retired people.

The aim of the Association is to promote the wellbeing of retired second level teachers by pursuing the following objectives:

  1. to advance the welfare of retired second level teachers and in particular to protect pension entitlements on the principle of parity with teaching salary, equitable taxation and social protection measures;
  2. to provide a point of social contact for retired second level teachers by facilitating members in sharing their talents and interests, utilising their specialist expertise and working together for the mutual benefit of members;
  3. to disseminate among retired second level teachers information and expert opinion on matters affecting them;
  4. to provide a forum for analysis and debate and formulation of responses to developments that impinge on the lives of retired second level teachers.

RSTA promotes these objectives through pubic advocacy independently and in association with teacher and public service unions and by liaising with kindred organisations.

Organisational Structure

  • The RSTA is a voluntary national organisation with a branch network.
  • The governing body of the Association is the National Conference.
  • The Annual National Conference elects from amongst the general membership a President, Vice President, National Secretary, National Treasurer and seven other members who form the National Committee.


Membership of RSTA is open to all retired second level teachers. Membership is granted on completion of the RSTA Application Form and the payment of the annual membership fee to the National Treasurer.  Members choose the branch of the Association they wish to join.


The Association is funded by an annual membership subscription. Subscriptions are paid directly to the National Treasurer; a portion of subscription income is retained by the National Committee and the balance is allocated to the branches on the basis of the number of members in the branch.

RSTA Rules and Constitution

Click on the link to read the Rules and Constitution as approved at the RSTA National Convention 2013: RSTA_Rules_and_Constitution.pdf

Our Logo

The National Committee had for some time recognised the need for a logo which would clearly establish the unique identity of the RSTA.  The 50th anniversary year seemed an opportune time to act and the decision was taken to engage the services of west of Ireland firm  Avenir to design a logo which would represent the values and aspirations of our organisation as we look forward to the next 50 years of growth and development for RSTA.   A questionnaire from Avenir which sought to establish what RSTA was about was circulated and the collated responses provided the direction to Avenir for the creation of the new design.



Avenir have suggested the following description of the logo:

“The RSTA logo is understated in style and hopes to communicate simply and intuitively the values which RSTA aspires to represent.  The main focus is on the acronym RSTA with a tagline in lower prominence to the right.  Drawing lightly on the torch symbol from the original RSTA website, the new logo suggests a flame rising from the “t”, the only character rising above the level of the others.  A lowercase typeface was selected for its approachable and informal character.  The dark blue hints at traditional, educational values.  The blue letters frame the warm, light-giving, and dynamic qualities of the deep orange colour to indicate the friendship and life enhancing aspects of RSTA membership.” 

Contact National Committee at info@rsta.ie

National Committee 2018/19


 Front Row(L to R): Micheál O'Neill (National Secretary), Muriel McNicholas, Carmel Heneghan (Immediate Past President), Pádraic O'Dochertaigh (RSTA President), Susie Hall, Mary Evans, Catherine McHugh.   

Back Row (L to R): Pat Cahill, Henry Collins, Tomás MacCártaigh, John McDonnell (National Treasurer), Mattie Finnerty.


Report on the 2018 National Conference from the National Secretary

The Motions for Conference and the Secretary's Report can be read in the following links:

Motions_AGM_2018.pdf       Conference_2018_Report.pdf


Report from National Committee Meeting - September 12th 2016

The chief matters for discussion at this meeting were the Overpayment of Pensions, the RSTA Insurance Policy and the venue for the National Conference 2017.

The necessary follow-up on Motions passed at the Natinal Conference 2016 was also attended to.

The National Treasurer and representatives on the Retired Workers Committee of ICTU gave reports.

A date was fixed for the Christmas Newsletter before the meeting concluded.


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RSTA maintains a working relationship with the following organisations:


Since its foundation in 1962 RSTA has enjoyed a close working relationship with ASTI. Founding members of RSTA had been actively involved in the 1950’s campaign to secure an adequate pension scheme for second level teachers. The leaders of the newly formed Retired Secondary Teachers’ Association continued the campaign and extended its focus to secure improved benefits for retired teachers.

In advancing the cause of its retired members today RSTA regularly meets with officers and officials of ASTI. RSTA members currently serve on the Retired Workers Committee of ICTU. RSTA members, the majority of whom are emeritus members of ASTI, bring the perspective and experience of the retired teacher to deliberations of ASTI at branch and national levels. ASTI continues to support RSTA financially through an annual subvention and by facilitating meeting of the National Committee at ASTI head office. Copies of the ASTI journal ASTIR and the ASTI diary are distributed to members of RSTA.

RSTA advises retiring teachers to apply for emeritus membership of ASTI by application through their local ASTI branch or ASTI head office.

Retired Workers’ Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

This committee represents the retired workers of all trade unions affiliated to ICTU, retirees with state pensions, public service pensions and occupational pensions. Its main aim is to protect and improve the living standards of all retired workers through the holding of seminars and information meetings and making submissions to the Government. A delegate of the committee attends the meetings in Brussels of The European Federation of Older People. RSTA members take an active part in the workings of the Retired Workers Committee.

RSTA Representatives on RWC: Henry Collins, Ger O'Donoghue and Susie Hall and Marie Doyle. 

Alliance of Retired Public Servants

The Alliance is comprised of pension organisations representing over 100,000 retired public servants - including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, gardai, defence force personnel and others.

The Alliance came together informally in 2013 against the background of public service pensioners having no voice in relation to the introduction by government of emergency legislation reducing pensions. Following a meeting with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Alliance was established on a formal basis in 2014.

RSTA representatives on the Alliance: Marie Doyle and Michael Moriarty.

National Federation of Pensioners Associations

Founded in 1976 the Federation represents twenty pensioners’ associations from the public and private sectors. The Federation makes a pre-budget submission each year with emphasis on health, travel and equality as they affect the lives of its members.