On the 23rd July 2015, The Richard O’Carroll Commemorative Committee was formally established.
Chairperson: Desmond O’Carroll
Honorary Secretary: Richard (Dick) O’Carroll
Honorary Treasurer: Sinéad Browne
PRO: Bernadette Griffiths
Committee Member: David Cotter
Brendan O’Sullivan (General Secretary, Building and Allied Trades’ Union)
Dr. Ruán O’Donnell (Professor of History, Limerick University)
John Douglas (General Secretary, Mandate Trade Union)
Kevin Morley (Independent Workers Union)
Constitution & Rules
Article 1 – Title
The name of the Committee shall be: The Richard O’Carroll T.C. Commemorative Committee hereinafter called the ‘Committee’.
Article 2 – Main Objective
The main objective for which the Committee is established is to commemorate the life and times of Richard O’Carroll, trade unionist and political activist in the centenary year of his death in 2016.
Article 3 – Subsidiary Objectives
In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing main objective the Committee shall have the following subsidiary objectives: To commemorate Richard O’Carroll’s participation and sacrifice during Easter Week 1916 in 2016. To promote an awareness and appreciation amongst the public about Richard O’Carroll, his life and his involvement in the events that took place during Easter Week 1916 in 2016.
Article 4 – Membership
Membership of the Committee shall be open to all those who support the objectives listed above.
Article 5 – Executive Committee
There shall be an Executive Committee to carry out the objectives of the Committee and to provide for its administration, management and control.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the following Officers: Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and three other members and shall be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.
The Officers’ roles are as follows:
i. Chairperson, who shall chair Committee meetings;
ii. Honorary Secretary, who shall be responsible for the taking of minutes of meetings and the distribution of all papers;
iii. Honorary Treasurer, who shall be responsible for maintaining accounts;
iv. Public Relations Officer, who shall be responsible for promoting the work of the Committee.
No member of the Executive Committee will hold the same Officer position for more than three consecutive years. The Executive Committee may appoint from amongst the Committee’s members, such honorary Officers as it may determine from time to time. Any Executive Committee member not attending a meeting without apology for three months will be contacted and asked if they wish to resign. The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, co-opt additional members on to it, if required, to fill vacancies and establish Sub Committees. The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, invite any individual or group to attend its meetings in a non-voting capacity.
The Executive Committee shall meet at least once per calendar month and shall keep proper books of account, records of all correspondence sent and received, and minutes of all meetings held.
Each Officer shall make a written report to the Annual General Meeting. The Executive Committee shall have the power to:
i. Open and maintain a bank account;
ii. To generate income through fundraising initiatives and the seeking of financial assistance and grants;
iii. Enter into any other lawful arrangements or transactions in order to maintain and to further the effective running of the Committee.
Article 6 – Sub-Committees
The Executive Committee shall have the power to establish Sub Committees for particular tasks. The Sub-Committees may also coopt people to assist in their work. The Sub Committees may not make decisions; they remain at all times accountable to the Executive Committee.
Article 7 – General Meetings
All meetings of the Committee shall be held in the State (Republic of Ireland).
Annual General Meetings
An Annual General Meeting will be held within fifteen months of the previous Annual General Meeting. All members will be notified in writing at least three weeks before the date of the meeting, giving the venue, date and time. Nominations for the Executive Committee may be made to the Honorary Secretary before the meeting, or at the meeting.
No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business; save as herein otherwise provided, three members present in person shall be a quorum. At the Annual General Meeting:
i. The Executive Committee will present a report of the work of the Committee over the year;
ii. The Executive Committee will present the accounts of the Committee for the previous year;
iii. The Officers and Executive Committee members for the next year will be elected; iv. Any proposals given to the Honorary Secretary at least seven days in advance of the meeting will be discussed.
The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting shall consist of the following items:
i. The Appointment of Tellers;
iii. To approve the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting;
iv. Matters Arising;
v. Report on past year activities by Chairperson;
vi. Report on Accounts by Honorary Treasurer;
vii.Proposed activities for the coming year;
viii.Election of Officers for the coming year;
ix. Any Other Business.
Special General Meetings
The Honorary Secretary will call a Special General Meeting at the request of the majority of the Committee or at least eight other members giving a written request to the Chair or Secretary stating the reason for their request. The meeting will take place within twenty-one days of the request. All members will be given two week’s notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post. No business shall be transacted at a Special General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business; save as herein otherwise provided, three members present in person shall be a quorum.
General Meetings are open to all members and will be held at least once every 3 months or more often if necessary. All members will be given two week’s notice of such a meeting, giving the venue, date, time and agenda, and notice may be by telephone, email or post. No business shall be transacted at a General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business; save as herein otherwise provided, three members present in person shall be a quorum.
Article 8 – Rules of Procedure for Meetings
All questions that arise at any meeting will be discussed openly and the meeting will seek to find general agreement that everyone present can agree to. If a consensus cannot be reached, a vote will be taken and a decision will be made by a simple majority of members present. If the number of votes cast on each side are equal, the chairperson of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote.
Article 9 – Finance
The Committee will finance its activities through fundraising and the seeking of financial assistance and grants.
An Honorary Treasurer will be appointed from among the Committee members and will be responsible for keeping account of the income and expenditure of the Committee’s finances. The Honorary Treasurer will give a statement of income and expenditure at each Executive Committee meeting. A written statement of income and expenditure will be given at the Annual General Meeting. The income and assets of the Committee shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its main objective as set forth in this Constitution. No portion of the Committee’s income and assets shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the Committee. No officer shall be appointed to any office of the Committee paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the Committee. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the Committee of: Reasonable and proper remuneration to any member of the Committee (not being an Officer) for any services rendered to the Committee; Reasonable and proper out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any Officer in connection with their attendance to any matter affecting the Committee; Fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or monies worth to any Company of which an Officer may be a member holding not more than one hundredth part of the issued capital of such Company.
Article 10 – Banking Procedure
The Committee shall keep a bank account in its name and into which all income received shall be lodged. Each cheque issued requires two signatures and any cheques drawn on the account shall be signed by any two of the following: Honorary Treasurer, Chairperson or Honorary Secretary.
Article 11 – Amendments to the Constitution and Rules
Amendments to the Constitution and Rules may only be made at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting. Any proposal to amend the Constitution and Rules must be given to the Honorary Secretary in writing. The proposal must be then circulated with the notice of the meeting. Any proposal to amend the Constitution and Rules will require a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.
Article 12 – Dissolution/Winding-Up
If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Committee there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any monies and assets whatsoever, it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Committee. Instead, such monies and assets shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution or institutions having main objectives similar to the main objectives of the Committee. The institution or institutions to which the monies and assets is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and monies and assets among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the body under or by virtue of Article 9 hereof.
Members of the Committee shall select the relevant institution or institutions at or before the time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provisions, then the monies and assets shall be given or transferred to some charitable objective.
Article 13 – Non-Sectarian
The Committee shall be non-sectarian and shall be non-party political.
This Constitution and Rules was agreed and ratified at the Inaugural General Meeting of The Richard O’Carroll T.C. Commemorative Committee on the 23rd July 2015.