RTAI publishes its newsletter, “Comhnasc” three times a year. It contains the most up-to-date information on issues of immediate interest to retired teachers, including, pensions, salary, social welfare, health and changes in taxation and budgetary matters. Articles written by our members are also included.
Want to start the New Year creatively? Poemathon with Older People hopes to brings a spotlight to our voices, imagination and creativity. You only have to compose ONE LINE.
The contributions will be combined to form a longer poem that captures the thoughts and imaginings of older people right now in society. John Sheahan, one of Ireland’s best known musicians and member of The Dubliners, has penned the opening line of the poem: “Intrepid intruder, stalker of unwashed hands”.
Follow this link for furthervinformation: https://www.poetryireland.ie
A reminder that there is a four-year time limit for claiming tax back, for example on health expenses and flat rate expenses.
In particular, you are reminded that you can claim a tax credit for Teaching Council renewal fee, and for flat rate expenses incurred in the course of your employment.
The deadline for 2016 claims is 31 December, so now is a good time to check that you have claimed all of your entitlements.
RTA Kildare Branch. Due to Covid 19 the usual AGM will not be taking place. The NEC has authorised the Branch Committee to act on behalf of the general Branch meeting.
Regards, Fidelma Farrell, Secretary
Had to share this from Irish Independent this morning:
Benjamin Disraeli was heckled by member of Commons: Sir, you’ll either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease!”. To which Disraeli replied: ” That will depend on whether I embrace your politics or your mistress!”
In eleven more sleeps (September 1st) we will be joined by a new group of retirees.
I’m sure you new guys are well prepared for this new chapter in your life. But just in case you want a quick read, Irish Life have a downloadable booklet with some ideas: ”Rewire, Don’t Retire” by Marianne Heron and Paul Britton. It’s not particularly for teachers and there’s also a disclaimer that the views are not those of Irish Life but of the authors. I’m not a new retiree but found some interesting points to ponder in book.
Existing members: Hope you’ve all received your ”Comhnasc” Autumn edition with its many reflections on lockdown and lots more. Particularly good news is public sector salary increase at the beginning of October will bring parity for post march 2012 retirees. There are also some points to consider if you plan to sub. (You might be in great demand during this coming school year!)
Sadly all our branch activities remain suspended for the time being. But RTAI office is reopened; ph no 01 2454130.
KEEP WELL ALL
I’ve no doubt you’re all keeping busy. We were so lucky with weather during lockdown. But it’s been quite changeable since.
Hope you’re keeping as busy as you want to be! No googling curriculum!
A notice from Billy Sheehan, General Secretary:
NEC has decided that summer meetings scheduled for May or June should be cancelled. Hopefully AGMs can be held in November/December.
NEC, on behalf of all members, decided that , as a charities are in need of support, two donations of €20,000 were made to ALONE and VINCENT de PAUL. A further two donations of €5,000 were made to IRISH CANCER SOCIETY and the PETER MCVERRY TRUST.
Hope you are all keeping well – how blessed we have been that the weather was so good during this time of crisis. Even if we had to survive within the confines of our garden, it was great to be able to enjoy sunshine. I’m sure the extension of limits to 5km as well as the opening of boundaries for our over 70s is appreciated.
Missing ‘actual’ contact with family, especially with the little ones, has been very difficult. However ‘virtual’ contact has helped – my grandson thinks that I have a starring role in Paw Patrol!!!!! or Thomas the Tank Engine!!!! At least I am still be recognised despite some changes to my appearance.
THIS WILL PROBABLY NOT SURPRISE ANYONE …… BUT OUR BUS TRIP TO FOYNES THIS YEAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
We will enjoy it even more in 2021
Hope you’re all staying safe and well. That’s the priority!