Wednesday, May 16, 2012's concluding article

On Tuesday 29th December 2009 the GovernanceReformAtIrishRedCross blog was created and the first article written. Today, 16th May 2012, this article will be its last.

Since that first article was published 870 days have passed. The Blog has straddled four calendar years. 110 articles have been written. 1,232 comments have been posted. The Blog has been viewed 102,697 times (at time of writing), an average of 118 views a day every day for two and a half years. The Blog’s 110 articles will remain in existence for perpetuity.

On the 8th May 2012 the Minister for Justice and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, appointed two external people to the Central Council (General Assembly) of the Irish Red Cross for a three year term. The credentials, expertise and knowledge of both are impressive. Mr. Máirtín O Fainín is a former career Ambassador (Australia, Argentina, Uganda, Zambia amongst others) with the Department of Foreign Affairs. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Combined Services Third World Fund.  Ms. Mary Flaherty, a former Fine Gael TD from Dublin and Minister for State at the Department of Social Welfare during the 1980s is currently Chief Executive of the CARI Foundation. During her political career Ms. Flaherty was also Fine Gael spokesperson on Development Affairs and worked closely with European colleagues to keep Africa high on the EU’s political agenda. It is not yet clear whether Mr. Fainín and/or Ms. Flaherty intend to put themselves forward for the Society's Executive Committee (Board of Directors).

The upcoming appointments to the positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, new Executive Committee (Board of Directors), and five additional external nominees (3 to Central Council and 2 to the Executive Committee) will be finalised on 26th May at the upcoming Central Council/General Assembly meeting. The new National Director of Units position has been awarded to Tony Lawlor, current National Vice Chairman.

Readers may be wondering why this is the last Blog article. After five years (2005-2010) working for the Irish Red Cross as Head of the International Department and nearly thirty months (December 2009-May 2012) writing the Blog now is an appropriate time to pass the baton. I have also concluded a settlement with the Irish Red Cross concerning my dismissal.

As this is the last Blog article it is important to note that there are a number of people who have assisted me throughout the last few years. I will not name them all here but they know who they are. At many difficult junctures they provided me with the strength and fortitude to keep going.

On a final note I owe a great depth of gratitude to my inspirational parents, brothers and sisters, my girlfriend, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family members and friends for their unflinching support and encouragement. They have, without any shadow of a doubt, been my backbone and the mainstay of my determination to continue. I thank them all most sincerely and from the bottom of my heart.

Noel Wardick

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning-Ivy B Priest


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