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Pres2020 Letter

Message from RTAI President

Even though I could not visit the branches in person this summer I remain connected to you all as I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Now as the restrictions ease, we need to have courage and develop confidence in doing things again. We cannot let Covid 19 overwhelm us but we must learn how to deal with it in a way that makes life manageable.
Above all let us stay safe by following HSE and government advice based on scientific evidence. We must take personal responsibility for decisions we make. The Government has asked that hygiene and physical distancing protocols be maintained. It also continues to recommend cocooning for those over age 70 and for people who are in a vulnerable medical category.
We have to start living our lives again and have fun. Human connection is essential in a lonely world. There was a palpable feeling of excitement and elation when we were permitted to travel again. It felt like getting back to normal living but circumstances are not as they were. Life has changed. Disappointment, grief, mourning, loss of what used to be can set in. Village life has changed, businesses have closed, shutters are drawn on old businesses and way of life.
We cannot control what is happening around us but we can control how we respond. We must enjoy the moments we have, don’t take any day, anything or anyone for granted. Everyone has a personal story of what life was like in isolation. Friends recovered from the virus which gave us hope but sadly too we lost loved ones which caused great pain, people suffered in isolation not being able to bury the dead surrounded by the support of the community and loved ones. To those suffering bereavement I extend my sincere sympathy.
We now need a flexible mindset. Identify the light at the end of the tunnel and adopt positive coping skills. Take care of yourself, listen to reliable news bulletins, set goals, try to follow a daily routine. Go easy on yourself. Be kind to yourself. You are valued and cherished. Eat well. Sleep well. Stay strong.  
Let us Care and Connect.
Gach dea ghuí,

Mary Kyne,
RTAI President

RTAI activities remain suspended.

All meetings and activities of the Association have been cancelled for the past few months in line with Government advice on public gatherings. However, now that we are in Phase 3 of the Government’s plan to ease restriction, the National Executive Committee at its meeting on 8 July considered whether some of the Association’s activities could resume.
However, the NEC has decided that the formal activities of the Association should remain suspended for at least the months of July and August.
The NEC is committed to resuming our schedule of activities at the earliest possible time when it is safe to do so. However, as the health and safety of members is our priority it believes that a cautious approach is prudent for the time being particularly as many of our members are aged over 70. The Government’s advice for this age group is to limit their contacts to a circle of close family and friends and to strictly adhere to the 2 metre physical distancing measures.
Prior to its recent meeting the NEC consulted with the Association’s branch secretaries (via Zoom) to get their input. We will repeat this consultation process in early September and hopefully at that point we will be in a position to announce the resumption of our normal schedule of activities.

Contacting RTAI

The RTAI office in Parnell Square, Dublin remains closed until 10 August next.
The staff are working from home and are remain available to deal with queries during the closure.
General queries can be sent to our main email account Billy Sheehan can be contacted at
Please provide your telephone number if you would like a call back. [To avoid duplication please don’t use both email addresses!]

RTAI Membership Number

If you who need your RTAI membership number you can find it on your pension slip. We use your DES ‘Payroll Number’ to identify you on our membership records. The ‘Payroll number’ is the centre number on your pension slip.

Counselling – Inspire wellbeing

RTAI members have access to a confidential counselling service provided by Inspire (previously Carecall). This service can be accessed by calling 1800 409 673 (available on a 24/7 basis).
Where ‘face to face’ counselling is required up to three sessions are provided to RTAI members at no charge as the service provider is paid directly by the RTAI.

Updating contact details

We would welcome the assistance of members in updating our branch contact records. Please let us know if there is a change to your mobile number or email address. For mailing purposes please also advise if there is any change to your postal address.
Any alterations can be sent by text to (Number) or by email to (address).
Your contact detail will only be used in relation to RTAI business as set out in the Association’s Data Privacy Policy.

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