The AGM of Tipperary Branch of Parkinson’s had a good representation of members from North & South of the county which was held in the Pastoral Centre, Church Road, Nenagh.
Secretary Mary Carey reported on an active year for the branch.
Officers of the Branch were active at local and national level in making representations to Ministers.
The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland receives no funding from the Government or HSE. The application submitted was for E250,000 on an annual basis to train and provide specialist Parkinson’s nurses as outlined in the national plan.
While the Minister was one 100% supportive, the HSE moves very slowly. Hopefully, the new Minister will continue the support of his predecessor.
Chairman Michael Burke thanked all his fellow officers and members Due to the large cutbacks in HSE. funding and long waiting lists our branch will endeavour from its own resources to provide certain aids and equipment to our members. The branch hopes to acquire and distribute information cards with local and national contact numbers as part of the Parkinson’s Awareness Campaign.
The chairman highlighted the urgent need of a voluntary support group within the Branch with possible representations on a parish basis. The following officers were elected: Chairperson, Michael Burke, Nenagh, 087-2864798; Vice-Chairperson, Oliver Nolan Holycross; Secretary, Mary Carey, Upperchurch 086-3916726; Treasurer, John Carey, 086-1233143; PRO, Marion Burke, Nenagh.
Our thanks to Hughie McGrath for organising a very successful kjazz night in the Kenyon Bar, Nenagh; Upperchurch Youth Club who held a very successful charity walk; Maire Hoctor for contribution in lieu of Christmas cards, and private donations, particularly from families of deceased members.
Guest speaker for the AGM was Nancy Flexman of Eats of Eden shop in Limerick. The attendance also included the outgoing national president of PAI, Una Anderson Ryan from Limerick.
Our first meeting of the autumn season is on Tuesday, September 27, at 2pm in the Pastoral Centre, Church Road, Nenagh.
Our guest speaker will be Alison Cashell, RGN, Parkinson Disease nurse employed by PAI headquarters in Dublin.
Suggestions for a members and carers Social evening / day in Nenagh area are welcome prior to Christmas if possible.
The National Parkinson Social Weekend is October 14-16 October at the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. Costs available from PAI on Freephone 1800359359.