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RSTA Mayo members and colleagues from other branches enjoyed a memorable 5-day trip to the WW1 battlefields of Belgium and France with particular emphasis on remembering and honouring the Irishmen who fought and died in the Great War. The report of the trip at the link below is written by Antoinette Casey of Mayo Branch who did a wonderful job organising the trip. 

WW1_Tour_Sept_2017.pdf 

Some photos of the trip can be viewed here.  More to follow later: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxzBZd4.

PUBLICATION OF PAY AND PENSIONS BILL 2017 .  On Tuesday November 7th Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Pascal Donoghue, T.D. published the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017. An abstact from the Minister's Press Release is available here.

Focus Ireland is looking for volunteers to deliver school talks on the issue of homelessness and to encourage schools to fundraise and raise awareness.  These talks aim to help develop students' understading of homelessness and also to break down stereotypes they may have about people who are homeless. Full induction and training will be provided.

For full details of the role please go to www.focusireland.ie and download an application form.

November 2017

Proposed Trip to Northern Ireland 2018.  Kilkenny RSTA Branch are planning a trip to Northern Ireland in March 2018.  All are welcome.  If interested please contact rstakilkennybranch@gmail.com as soon as possible.  Read details of the trip and full itinerary at this link:   Kilkenny_NI_trip.pdf.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH DATES. 

Clare: Tuesday December 5th in Cloister Restaurant Ennis at 2.15 pm

Cork:Thursday December 7th in Hayfield Manor Hotel

Dublin:  Wednesday 6th December in Wynns Hotel at 1pm

Kildare: Wednesday 13th December in Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge at 12.30 pm

Kilkenny: Friday December 1st in Rinnuccini Restaurant at 1 pm.

Mayo:  Thursday 14th December in Ashford Castle

North East: Monday 4th December in Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co Cavan

Tipperary: Thursday December 7th in Bailey's Hotel, Cashel at 12.30 pm

Wexford: Wednesday 6th December in Monart Spa Hotel, Enniscorthy at 12.30 pm

Update on Proposals to Restore Public Service Pensions - September 2017.

The Alliance has met recently to consider a letter from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform containing detailed proposals on restoration of public service pensions. Read the full text of the letter here: (letter from DEPRA)

Full details of the Alliance response to the letter are available on the Alliance website at  https://www.arps.ie/news/.

ALLIANCE PR CAMPAIGN AND NEW WEBSITE:  www.arps.ie.

The Council of the Alliance has been engaged in a campaign of lobbying since its foundation but many council members felt that a more professional approach was needed.  Montague Communications were engaged and council members are being advised on effective communication and lobbying techniques. The new Alliance website will be a useful source of information on the pensions' campaign.  We recommend to our members the 'Submissions and Publications' page on the site for a comprehensive overview of the impact of FEMPI legislation and the case being promoted for fair and equitable treatment for retired public servants.

AUTUMN 2017 NEWSLETTER can be read/downloaded at the link below.

RSTA Newsletter Autumn 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY COMMISSION REPORT - MAY 2017

The Report of the Public Service Pay Commission which was published earlier this month will provide the backdrop to the forthcomin talks on pay and pensions. The independent commission was set up in 2016 to advise the Government in relation to public service pay.  The Commission invited submissions from interested parties and has now submitted its report to the Government.  Full details of the Commission, its membership, terms of reference and the final report are available on its website at www.paycommission.gov.ie.

Both the ASTI and the Alliance of Retired Public Servants presented submissions to the Commission and both submissions can be viewed on the website. (RSTA is a member of the Alliance.  Our representatives on the Alliance are President Carmel Heneghan and National Committee member Marie Doyle.)  The Public Service Committee of the ICTU has also stated that it will defend pay parity which is a key issue for RSTA members.

There has been widespread comment in the media since the publication of the report.  The Alliance has been very active in the media ensuring that the issues affecting public service retirees are aired.  Brian Burke, Chair of the Alliance has appeared on the Claire Byrne Show on RTE.  He also gave two interviews on Newstalk.  Press releases and interviews by Alliance members have also been published in the Irish Sun, The Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Kildare Nationalist and The Irish Times.  East Coast Radio and Radio na Gaeltachta also carried interviews. RSTA members will also be actively engaging with local radio and local print media in the coming weeks.

 

 

BOOK LAUNCH BY RSTA MEMBER.  Insula Sacra (Sacred Island) by Jack Hogan

Jack describes the book as " . . . a factional novel about an 18th century Limerick surgeon who pioneered methods of treating cataracts, amputation and head injuries.  He also inspired the foundation of a College of Surgeons in Dublin.  Proud of his Gaelic heritage, Sylvester O'Halloran wrote significant histories of Ireland and contributed to Charlotte Brooke's Reliques of Irish Poetry.  His pamphlet Insula Sacra urged the preservation of Irish annals, leading to the setting up of the Royal Irish Academy.  As a Catholic, O'Halloran welcomed Grattan's attempts to gain independence for Ireland and to repeal the Penal Laws.  Late in life he supported the resistance to the Act of Union.

The book is available to pre-order from www.limerickwriterscentre.com or by post at 12 Barrington Street, Limerick.  Cost €20 plus P&P.

Click here to view the Launch Poster

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