In a truly historic moment, for Irish nursing, our friend and colleague, Ms Annette Kennedy, previously Director of Professional Development for the INMO, was elected President, of the International Council of Nurses, in Barcelona yesterday (Wednesday).
Annette, who worked for the organisation between 1994 and 2012, had previously served as 3rd Vice President, of ICN, but was elected, as President, for a four year term at the ICN Quadrennial Conference in Spain this week.
This is a truly historic moment for Irish nursing which will see Annette, as President of ICN, be the leader of the worldwide body of nursing over the next four years. It will also see Annette, as President of ICN, during 2019 when the INMO celebrates its centenary.
To celebrate her election the INMO hosted a reception, in Barcelona yesterday evening, which was attended by INMO President, Ms Martina Harkin-Kelly, our 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Ms Mary Leahy and Ms Margaret Frahill, together with a sizable Irish delegation which included Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, Chief Nurse and Ms Essene Cassidy President of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (MNBI). Also in attendance we had a number of past INMO Presidents including Kay Craughwell, Sheila Dickson and Claire Mahon together with a number of other members, of the INMO, who wished to join Annette on this historic day.
The INMO will celebrate Annette’s election, later in the year.
On behalf of the Executive Council, past and present, all of our members and staff we want to send our very best wishes, to Annette, and to wish her every success during her coming four year term. Every Irish nurse should be proud of this momentous event as we are proud of Annette as she becomes ICN’s President.