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The Report of the Public Service Pay Commission which was published earlier this month will provide the backdrop to the forthcomin talks on pay and pensions. The independent commission was set up in 2016 to advise the Government in relation to public service pay.  The Commission invited submissions from interested parties and has now submitted its report to the Government.  Full details of the Commission, its membership, terms of reference and the final report are available on its website at

Both the ASTI and the Alliance of Retired Public Servants presented submissions to the Commission and both submissions can be viewed on the website. (RSTA is a member of the Alliance.  Our representatives on the Alliance are President Carmel Heneghan and National Committee member Marie Doyle.)  The Public Service Committee of the ICTU has also stated that it will defend pay parity which is a key issue for RSTA members.

There has been widespread comment in the media since the publication of the report.  The Alliance has been very active in the media ensuring that the issues affecting public service retirees are aired.  Brian Burke, Chair of the Alliance has appeared on the Claire Byrne Show on RTE.  He also gave two interviews on Newstalk.  Press releases and interviews by Alliance members have also been published in the Irish Sun, The Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Kildare Nationalist and The Irish Times.  East Coast Radio and Radio na Gaeltachta also carried interviews. RSTA members will also be actively engaging with local radio and local print media in the coming weeks.



BOOK LAUNCH BY RSTA MEMBER.  Insula Sacra (Sacred Island) by Jack Hogan

Jack describes the book as " . . . a factional novel about an 18th century Limerick surgeon who pioneered methods of treating cataracts, amputation and head injuries.  He also inspired the foundation of a College of Surgeons in Dublin.  Proud of his Gaelic heritage, Sylvester O'Halloran wrote significant histories of Ireland and contributed to Charlotte Brooke's Reliques of Irish Poetry.  His pamphlet Insula Sacra urged the preservation of Irish annals, leading to the setting up of the Royal Irish Academy.  As a Catholic, O'Halloran welcomed Grattan's attempts to gain independence for Ireland and to repeal the Penal Laws.  Late in life he supported the resistance to the Act of Union.

The book is available to pre-order from or by post at 12 Barrington Street, Limerick.  Cost €20 plus P&P.

Click here to view the Launch Poster

MIDLANDS BRANCH - GOLF OUTING SEPTEMBER '17.  The Branch is organising a golf outing in Moate Golf Club on 14th September 2017. The club is in the centre of Ireland, just off the N6.  Golfers of all levels are welcome, including friends and family.  There is a Greenway running alongside Moate Golf Club so non-golfers would have a cycle/walking option.  The Club also has a good restaurant on site.

Contact: Eileen White 087 9644824 or Mary Egan 086 3608545.

Viatores Christi seeks an experienced teacher to work in Uganda in the area of Whole School Evaluation and Improvement. Click on the link for full details: Volunteer_Uganda.pdf

TRIP TO MADRID SEPTEMBER 2017 organised by the Cork Branch.  Click on the link for details of itinerary and cost.     Madrid Trip.

Trip to WW1 Belgium, The Somme, Bruges and Ghent - September 2017.  Mayo Branch invites RSTA colleagues to join them on a 5-day/4-night tour departing Dublin Thursday 21st September 2017. Cost €699 based on minimum group size.   Read a draft itinerary here. Deposits payable by end February.  Phone: 087 2421888 or email: antoinette.casey

VOLUNTEER TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR FOUR WEEKS IN INDIA.  SERVE is a Cork based overseas development and volunteering organisation and has sent over 900 volunteers to countries in Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  SERVE works through a partnership model with existing community organisatins in their respective countries.  SERVE is now recruiting for its 4 week 2017 summer volunteer programme with its partner Joythi Seva, a school for the visually impaired in India.  Training and fundraising are an essential aspect to the programme.  To register your interest please email and visit programme for details.

REPORT FROM ALLIANCE:  RSTA delegates to the Alliance of Retired Public Servants reported to the November 28th meeting of the RSTA National Committee.  Read the report here.

REPORT FROM ICTU RETIRED WORKERS' COMMITTEE: Delegates to the Retired Workers' Committee of ICTU reported to the November 28 meeting of RSTA National Committee. Read the report here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM NATIONAL COMMITTEE:  "The National Committe of RSTA wishes to remind all members of RSTA of its policy of respecting and supporting the strong mandate of its ASTI colleagues in their campaign for justice."

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