On behalf of our President, Martina Harkin-Kelly, our Executive Council, and all of the staff here in the Organisation, I wish to begin this end of year circular by wishing you, your family and friends, a very happy, and peaceful, Christmas and may you have good health and happiness throughout 2017.
I need not tell you that 2016 was yet another very busy, and difficult, year for nurses and midwives across our health service. In this context your presence, help and support, with regard to the Organisation’s activities over the past 12 months, is greatly appreciated and sincerely valued.
As we end 2016 we are, as you know, engaged in a nationwide ballot, as part of a campaign seeking special staffing/recruitment/retention initiatives for nurses and midwives. While this activity is covered by regular news updates I particularly want to acknowledge your help and assistance in relation to same.
It is my sincere hope that 2017, through unity of purpose and collective intent, will bring with it some positives in the areas of pay restoration and enhanced recruitment/ retention initiatives. I am confident that, by working together, we will deliver improvements, for our members, but we cannot do this without you.
All I can say is a sincere, and heartfelt, thank you and please rest assured that your role in the Organisation is pivotal and priceless.
May I now draw your attention to Christmas/New Year Opening
Finally, despite everything, I hope the coming holiday period is restful, peaceful and enjoyable for you and your family and friends.
Thank you for everything.
Go mbeannaí Dia thú am Nollaig agus i rith na hAth-Bhliana.