Monday 20 November 2017

1916 relatives group to appoint new chairman

Constance Crowley, whose mother Molly O’Reilly raised the green flag over Liberty Hall in April 1916, her daughter Claire Crowley and granddaughter Carla Crowley at the AGM yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Constance Crowley, whose mother Molly O’Reilly raised the green flag over Liberty Hall in April 1916, her daughter Claire Crowley and granddaughter Carla Crowley at the AGM yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

The 1916 Relatives Association, which was rocked by the resignation of senior figures, will see a new chairman being appointed.

The group held its AGM in Dublin yesterday after it was revealed over the weekend that an internal row had emerged over membership and the direction of the committee.

Chairman David Kilmartin and secretary Una MacNulty both stepped down from the group of 1916 relatives. At the AGM yesterday, a vote was taken as to whether to allow the media report on the main business of the AGM with members voting narrowly by 60 votes to 56 to exclude the media.

Donna Cooney, spokesperson for the association, said after the meeting that it was proposed by councillor Nial Ring that the current committee would stay on if they were willing to. Also, three other people were nominated from the floor to the committee, she said.

The committee will appoint a chairperson, secretary and treasurer at a meeting in the coming days.

"One of the motions put forward was that we would look for some level of funding to be able to continue on with our activities," said Ms Cooney.

"There is quite a lot of work that is being done...We are running on a shoestring. We had decided not to take any membership subs from the members because we don't want anything that prohibits people from being a member," she said.

The association has over 900 members and is seeking to influence events around the centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916.

Four motions were passed at the meeting, including one that the "Relatives Association will pay tribute and remember the men and women of 1916 who fought for Irish freedom with a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance on Easter Saturday 2015".

Irish Independent

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