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Season’s greetings
It is so hard to believe that Christmas is almost here and 2015 is just around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We have, yet again, had a very difficult year and as we head into the holiday season I hope that each and every one of you will be able to take some time out with your families and loved ones. We have many obstacles to overcome as we face into 2015. As our economy is improving, let us embrace the challenges facing us together as a unified group and look forward to the next year with positivity.

NMBI protest
We recently had our protest at NMBI head quarters in Blackrock as part of our campaign to reverse the decision to increase the retention fee for members by €50. There was a fantastic turnout of more than 2,000 protesters on the day. I would ask all members to please keep themselves updated by checking the website and our newsflashes. It is extremely important that we all work together to reverse this decision for now and into the future. We will keep you fully informed of developments.

Claire Mahon, president of the INMO, pictured addressing INMO members and staff who attended the protest at the NMBI HQ in Blackrock in Dublin last month

Midwifery Section conference
Our Sections play a major role within the Organisation and the highlight for many of them each year is their annual conference, which is a great opportunity for members within various disciplines to network. These very valuable education days are important events in our calendar and I always welcome an opportunity to attend. It was a great pleasure that this year we hosted the annual North South Midwifery Conference in Dublin in October. More than 120 midwives from across the island of Ireland attended an excellent day.

We welcome all sections and are delighted to see that our National Children’s Nurses Section (formerly Paediatric Nurses Section) has re-established its network and held their first meeting in November. If you have an interest in any of our sections please keep up to date on their meetings and events on the website and in WIN.

The Joint North South ICTU Disability Seminar, which I co-chaired with Bernie McCrea, chair of the Northern Ireland Committee, was held recently in Derry City. This was a great opportunity for the sharing of information and networking.

More than 50 delegates attended and the theme was ‘The contribution that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can make to the lives of people on the island of Ireland’. There was also a discussion on the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disability from the National Disability Authority which also held its annual conference in recent weeks in Croke Park.

It was a great honour to host the ENS4Care, EFN and ENSA meetings in Dublin in October. You may be aware that EFN represents more than one million nurses across 34 European countries. Some 78 participants from 27 countries attended. Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health, formally opened the EFN General Assembly, which was his first official engagement with the INMO.

ENSA – the European Nursing Student Association held its meeting concurrently with the EFN and I would like to congratulate our student and new graduate officer, Dean Flanagan on his election as president of ENSA. See more on these meetings on pages 46-47

Get in touch
You can contact me at the INMO headquarters at Tel: 01 6640 600, through the president’s corner on www.inmo.ie or by email to: president@inmo.ie

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