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Cir. 4/2014

(31 Jan 2014)


31 January 2014

To AHCPS Branch Secretaries

AHCPS General Secretary Competition

The post of General Secretary will become vacant when I retire at the end of June 2014.

Rule 16 of the Rules and Constitution of the Association is:-

(a) The Association shall have a full time General Secretary and such number of other staff as may be determined by the Executive Committee to be necessary for carrying out the business of the Association.

(b) The General Secretary shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and shall be responsible to the Executive Committee for negotiation and representation of members’ and Association interests, for recruitment of new members and for the proper management and development of the Association, including the maintenance of minutes, records and accounts and the management and operation of systems and procedures in accordance with the Rules and Constitution, decisions of delegate conferences and directions of the Executive Committee. The General Secretary may, with the consent of the Executive Committee, delegate any of these functions.

(c) The General Secretary shall report to meetings of the Executive Committee and the Consultative Council on the business and affairs of the Association and has the right to speak at Annual or Special Delegate Conferences.

(d) Except where otherwise decided by the Executive Committee, the General Secretary shall not be entitled in any negotiations conducted by him or her to enter into any final or binding agreement on behalf of the Association. The General Secretary shall otherwise be free to speak and shall have the same authority and status as would any accredited deputation or negotiating team.

(e) The General Secretary and any Deputy General Secretary or Assistant General Secretaries or other staff shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

The remuneration and other conditions of appointment of the General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Assistant General Secretaries and other staff shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee, has been considering arrangements for a competition to fill the vacancy and the position is that the post of General Secretary will be advertised in The Irish Times, The Examiner and Industrial Relations News (IRN) on Friday 31st January 2014.


The following documentation is available on the Association’s website

1. Note for Candidates;

2. Advertisement for position of General Secretary;

3. Job Description, Essential Candidate Requirements and Principal Conditions of Service; and

4. Application Form for completion by intending candidates.

You will see that the closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 7th March. This date will be strictly observed and only applications in the required format will be accepted.

I would appreciate it if you would bring this notice to the attention of members of your branch.

Thanks for your assistance.

Dave Thomas
General Secretary

c.c. Executive Committee

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