WHEN retired Irish soldiers died on the streets of Ireland in the cold winter of 1988 and 1989, the outrage among their comrades led to the formation of the Organisation of ex-Servicemen and Women (ONE), a group that is now run by Drogheda man Joe Lynch.It was a proud day for the ex-soldier from Ballsgrove when he was chosen as CEO of ONE, a group which represents 1,200 retirBy Eoin Reynolds
WHEN retired Irish soldiers died on the streets of Ireland in the cold winter of 1988 and 1989, the outrage among their comrades led to the formation of the Organisation of ex-Servicemen and Women (ONE), a group that is now run by Drogheda man Joe Lynch.
It was a proud day for the ex-soldier from Ballsgrove when he was chosen as CEO of ONE, a group which represents 1,200 retired Irish soldiers. Joe, who now lives in Ard Rí on the Beamore Road, has the task of providing and improving accommodation for retired soldiers and looking after the general concerns of the group.
His impeccable record and commitment to the tasks he has taken on in the past were important in the award of this position to Joe.
He attended school in St Mary’s CBS. Having left school in 1978, at the age of 15, he did an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. From there, he decided to join the army in 1980 and became a soldier of B-Company, 27 Battalion.
In his 23 years of service he has travelled to some of the world’s most troubled areas, engaging in peace keeping and service provision and upholding the good name of Irish forces abroad.
In the troubled areas of Kenya, Joe was involved in some of his most memorable schemes. The legacy of his time there is a school, for which he raised ?12,000 and which now provides opportunities to the children of the Nairobi slums.
The slum has a population of about half a million and education was either scant or non-existent. The school was completed earlier this year and is a huge boost to the area.
However, now he said he must concentrate on the needs of his former colleagues in Ireland. ONE provides accommodation for ex-servicemen in Ireland. They have homes in Dublin, Letterkenny and Athlone, providing much needed beds for many. A new 40-bedroom facility in Smithfield in Dublin is due to come on-line soon and will provide excellent accommodation for those in need. In a statement from ONE Joe was described as the ideal man for the job.
‘Joe has a high level of education and has recently completed a certificate in management with the Open University as well as finishing his studies to become one of Ireland’s first mediator practitioners in the area of organisation and workplace mediation. He is registered with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.’
The statement also points to the various diplomas and certificates Joe has achieved from UCD. the National College of Ireland and LSB College as reasons for the decision to choose him.
He is also in his final year of study with the Open University to a degree level.