At the Riverside Park Hotel on the banks of the River Slaney, Enniscorthy well over 260 retired public servants assembled last evening for an open meeting. They all came to support the Alliance of Retired Public Servants launch their Programme which will kick-start their battle to eliminate Public Service Pension Reductions.
The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA) who were hosting the Open Meeting acknowledges the great work done by local reps: Tony Fagan and Tom Miller. The key organisers of the public meeting were Officers of the ALLIANCE :
- Brian Burke = Chairman
- Gerry Blake – Vice Chairman
- Christy Conville = Sec.
- Mike Moriarty = Treasurer,
- Seán O Riordáin
- Paschal Feeney = Who acted as MC.
The chairman outline the key aims of the ALLIANCE :
- Restore our well earned public servants pensions.
- Seek negotiating rights for Retired Public Servants.
- Safe-Guard our Public Service Pensions into the future.
- Clearly outline the Reality -v- Perception (fat cats)
Gerry Blake (President GSRMA) explained that the Government was quick to cut the “Pension Parity linkage that retired members had with serving colleagues. Back in 1961, our former retired colleagues set up the “Joint Consultative Council” to fight and win the “Parity” battle and now 54 years-on we are back into a similar battle. He outlined two paragraphs (2.26 & 2.29) in the Haddington Road Agreements that were a concern for retired public servants. He encouraged all members of the Alliance to stand-up for their rights/entitlements.
Seán O’ Riordáin highlighted the need for Retired Public Servants “Having a Voice into the Future” and making sure that voice is heard. Read the full contents of his speech and other matters by clicking on the the “PRESS RELEASE” link: Press Release — Speech by Seán O’ Riordáin
The fundamental reason for holding the meeting was to answer questions from those attending and make members more informed.
Paschal Feeney and Brian Burke outlined that all retired public servants are feeling hurt and badly treated by the Government. Many have worked for 35 – 40 years and served their country with pride. Some like retired Army soldier (Frank Shelly) who had 25 years service had only a pension of €15K. Other Public Meetings of the ALLIANCE will follow in places like Cork, Galway, Sligo with a final rally in DUBLIN.
These are some who supported the South East Alliance Open Meeting :