The 54th annual conference of the Garda Siochana Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) was officially opened yesterday afternoon at the elegant Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry. It was a very special occasion in the history of the Garda Retired Association because it was the first time that the conference was a two day event and also the first occasion that conference was held at a Munster venue.
GSRMA President Gerry Blake, welcomed the Garda Commissioner, Noirin O Sullivan, delegates and guests, gave his Presidential Address. The Garda Commissioner was delighted to be afforded the honour of addressing the 120 GSRMA delegates from it’s countrywide 44 branches as well as retired Police guests from N. Ireland and National Police Officers Association (NARPO) in the UK. She spoke at length on how the Garda Siochana had to overcome many difficulties over the last year and thanked retired Gardai for their long and dedicated service and sought their continuing support for the force into the future. She later mixed freely with delegates, family members and guests at the banquet.
Today conference will debate motions dealing with the hardships suffered by retired Gardai and Garda widows from cuts to their pensions. The delegates will debate how the association can work to restore pension-cuts and improve the welfare of the retired membership by encouraging interaction, arranging walks, group outings and meetings.
The result of the elections to form a new Central Committee for the GSRMA 6,000 strong membership were announced last evening. The new Central Committte taking office will be :
Frank Timoney, Matt Cosgrave, Noel E. O Sullivan, John Kelly and Padraic Costello.
Marie Roche, Tom Miller and Joe Ward.
Tim Bowe, Pat Lehane, Matt Givens and Willie Saunderson.
John Durcan, Noel Campbell and Joe Lynch.
New President GSRMA.
The new central committee has elected Matt Cosgrave, (Dublin North Branch) as the 14th President of the GSRMA. He takes over the three year office from Gerry Blake.