IUNVA Limerick Post No 6
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Post 6 Newsletter
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Tánaiste and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin, TD, publishes Report of the Independent Review Group on Dignity and Equality issues in the Defence Forces.
Tánaiste and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD, today published the report of the Independent Review Group on dignity and equality issues in the Defence Forces.
While acknowledging that the Defence Forces have a proud and rich legacy of peacekeeping and service since its foundation 100 years ago, the report reveals a pattern of unacceptable behaviour, misogyny, discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct within our Defence Forces.
It also states that out-of-date policies and procedures for tackling complaints are not fit for purpose.
At this morning’s Cabinet meeting Government agreed to progress, as a priority, the report’s recommendations, including:
- Establishment of a statutory inquiry to investigate whether there have been serious systemic failures in dealing with individual complaints, including sexual misconduct.
- Setting up an External Oversight Body to increase transparency and accountability; and to drive necessary culture change throughout the Defence Forces;
- Urgently reforming the existing mechanisms for making a complaint to restore faith and trust in the complaints process.
- Preparing legislation to:-
o establish an independent complaints mechanism for serving members of the Defence Forces;
o establish the External Oversight Body on a statutory basis; and
o amend the Defence Act, 1954 to allow all allegations of rape, or aggravated sexual assault in the Defence Forces in the State be referred to An Garda Síochána for investigation.
- a significant programme of reform and culture change delivered by external experts, with measures to eradicate reprisals and retaliation, and develop new policies on gender, inclusion and diversity.
Reacting to the publication of the report, Tánaiste Micheál Martin said:
“I believe that this report is a watershed moment. While it correctly acknowledges the high regard in which the Defence Forces is held, and its decades of peacekeeping roles, it nonetheless, signals the critical need for fundamental and immediate cultural change which goes to the very heart of issues relating to dignity, mutual respect and duty of care.
“Bullying, misogynistic behaviour, and any form of sexual misconduct is simply unacceptable, and has no place in a 21st century workplace.”
Thanking the Review Group, chaired by Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon for their work, and acknowledging the courage by members of the Defence Forces in sharing their experiences, the Tánaiste added:
“In particular, I want to thank the Women of Honour, and Women and Men of Honour, who have done so much to raise awareness of these issues.
“I will be progressing a comprehensive programme of immediate actions to address the extremely serious shortcomings identified in this report.
“As Minister for Defence I, and the government is absolutely determined that this report must be, and will be, the catalyst for transformation of Ireland’s Defence Forces.”
Link to report:
Additional Support Information for Defence Forces personnel, both serving and retired, who have been affected by unacceptable behaviourFor those members, both serving and former, who have been affected by unacceptable behaviour, thefollowing supports continue to be available:
The independent and external Confidential Contact Person (CCP) with Raiseaconcern can be contacted using the following:
The Chaplaincy Service provides confidential, comprehensive pastoral support and spiritual care to serving personnel at home and overseas. You should contact your local chaplain in this regard.
For those affected by sexual crimes, they should contact Garda National Protection Services Bureau Number:01 6663430/35: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rape Crisis Centre operates the National 24-hour Helpline 1800 778888 for those who need support in anypart of the country www.drcc.ie
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Please see, agreed Pay changes, below, that will take effect on agreement with all parties.
Each group will get feedback from their members and if agreed, it will take effect immediately from that date.
Recently, Post 6 received a cheque, from the Tesco in the Cummunity Fund. Pictured are Pa Hogan and Ken OBrien of Post 6, who received the cheque from Pat Kelly and David Broome of Tesco, Arthurs Quay, Limerick.
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Post 6 News.
IUNVA Membership of €24 and Post Fees of €6 are due.
These fees must be paid by 31st of December each year. Please note that failure to pay these fees could result in your membership being cancelled. Those that pay membership through their pension are required to pay the Post fees of €6, to the Post Treasurer.
While all those that pay membership fees to the post, are required to pay Membership and Fees of €30 to the Post Treasurer. We will send a text to each member in the coming days.
Text and Email scams.
A number of people have been on, saying they are not getting texts or notifications. Please check that your mailbox or voicemail box is not full. You should clear these on a regular basis as you have only a small storage space. If you are not getting any messages from me, please contact me and we will try to sort it out.
Fraudsters are still attempting to scam people and their methods keep changing. Please be aware and do not accept request for money through texts or emails. Also do not reply to any calls from numbers, that you are not sure of, if the person is genuine, they will leave a message or send you a text. At this point we must assume that a call or text, is not genuine until we check it out.
Please do not reply to any calls from these numbers, if you do not know who the caller is. This applies to voicemail and also emails. If the person calling has not made themselves visible to you, please block the number and if necessary contact the Authorities or Gardai.
For those of us feeling anxious and lonely, the HSE have added a contact number for those of us who wish to speak to someone about our problems.
Text Hello to 50808 day or night, someone will contact you to discuss your worries, or if need be, feel free to ring Ken on 086 3488118.
Lets us also remember our comrades and family that have passed away in the last 12 Months, We are thinking of you all, at this time.
Changes to Military Pension Help Desk.
See Vol 3, Issue 9 for the latest changes to the NSSO contact details.
Phone Number 0818 107100, select 4 for Military queries.
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From the Committee of Post 6 and IUNVA, please follow the recommended directions in relation to COVID-19.
Please keep safe, if you are isolated and need assistance, please contact Ken on 086 3488118, we will try and assist in any way we can.
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Does not condone Racism or Bullying in any shape or form.
OnelifeIreland, is a non profit charity in process of registration that was set up by former soldier William O Neill and his daughter Aisling O Neill following the tragic death by suicide of Mia O Neill (16) on 06.09.2019.
Following years of racial abuse and bullying that began at the age of 4. Mia was Willie's granddaughter.
Mia's Army are a group of youths who have formed following Mia's tragic and preventable loss. They are committed, passionate and relentless in their fight to bring more awareness to the racism that exists in today's society, encouraging a change in the social interactions of youths, inspiring others to break the stigma surrounding mental health and eventually to raise much
needed funding to improve existing mental health services.
We want to spread a positive and uplifting message to youths that they are not alone and it's ok not to be ok. The root of our message is, to always #bekind ????
Mia's Army is not just for people who knew Mia on a personal level.
Mia's Army is for anyone who has been a victim of racial abuse and bullying.
Mia's Army is for anyone who struggles with mental health and wants to promote and support change.
Mia's Army is about positive awareness and bringing a fun and inspiring message that will give others hope.
Mia's Army is all inclusive!
Have you left ANSAC CU, it is possible to re apply.
3Post 6 Annual General Meeting 2023.
At the AGM, the following were elected to serve as the Post Committee, for 2023.
Chairman: Joe Curtin.
Secretary: Ken OBrien
Tresurer: Joe Hayes
Clothing Officer: Rama Walsh
Committee: Pa Hogan, Cyril Shanahan.
Delegates to National Meetings: Ken OBrien, there is a vacancy for anther Delegate and reserve Delegate, to represent Post 6 at the Delegate meetings.
In order to ensure maximum attendance at Post Meetings, we have arranged with the NCOs Mess to hold our meetings at 11am on the last Thursday of each month. This was following requests from a number of members.
New or Lapsed Members
Post 6, would like to welcome any new members that wish to join IUNVA, or indeed welcome back any lapsed members.
Serving members of Defence Forces may join IUNVA.
A Veteran does not mean a retired Soldier, in this case it means, a person that has Served Overseas with the UN.
If you wish to join or rejoin, contact any current Post Member, for details. Post No 6 would like to build on its current strength and would welcome any help in that matter.
At the handover of the Post No 6 Newsletter to IUNVA HQ for the Museum, Tony Stack Post No 6 Delegate, Jim Casey IUNVA Chairman, Tony Liddy Post No 6 Delegate, Charlie Mott IUNVA Secretary.
The Newsletter is issued every two months and is also available on this website or can be emailed to individuals.
For details contact Ken OBrien on 086 3488118
Post 6 News Updates
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