Annual Congress 2015

TUI's Annual Congress takes place in Whites of Wexford between Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th. Relevant updates will be posted on this page.

Key speeches are set out below:

Click here for details of the General Secretary's Address, which was delivered on Tuesday, April 7th

Click here for the President's Address, which was delivered on Tuesday, April 7th

Click here for the the TUI President's response to Minister Jan O' Sullivan, which was delivered after the Minister's address on Wednesday, April 8th


Congress tours and golf outings

There are three tours and a golf outing organised for visitors to TUI Congress, details below.

Click here to see tours organised for Wednesday 8th April.

Click here to see the golf outing organised for Wednesday 8th April.


Important dates to Congress 2015
(R) - by rule

8th October 2014               
Nomination forms for elections issue.

30th December 2014(R)   
Last date for receipt of motions from Branches, Executive Committee and Security Fund Committee to Head Office for submission to Standing Orders Committee.

27th January 2015           
Last date for receipt of nominations for positions of Vice-President, Security Fund Committee and Area Representatives for the following areas:


2.      Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath and Offaly

4.      Wexford, County Waterford, Waterford City, Tipperary S.R. and  Kilkenny

6.      Dublin County, Borough of Dun Laoghaire

8.      Sligo County, Leitrim and Donegal

10.     Dublin City

12.     C&C Schools in Counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo Westmeath

14.    C&C Schools in Counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford.

16.      3rd Level Colleges - Dublin City

18.      3rd Level Colleges – Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath

3rd February 2015(R)         
Preliminary Agenda will issue to Branches

6th February 2015 
Issue of ballot papers for elections

17th February 2015(R)     
Last date for receipt of:

  • amendments to Preliminary Agend

  •  order of priority for motions in each section

  • names of delegates to Congress

27th February 2015           
Last date for receipt of annual election ballot papers

16 March 2015(R)              
The Final Agenda will issue; also the General Secretary's Report; Balance Sheet and Financial Statement; names of delegates to Congress and the Branches represented.

31st March 2015(R)            
Last date for receipt of questions on the Annual Report and Annual Accounts.

7th April 2015                       
Congress opens

Rule 13 (ii) which reads as follows determines the number of delegates

"One delegate from each Branch of which the members in benefit do not exceed thirty and one delegate for each fraction of thirty, as per the following table:


                                                Members                                            Delegates

                                                    1   -     30                                             1

                                                  31   -     60                                             2

                                                  61   -     90                                             3

                                                  91   -   120                                             4

                                                121   -   150                                            5

                                                151   -   180                                            6

                                                and so on".


In-benefit members for the purpose of arriving at the number of delegates to the Annual Congress are fully paid-up members for the month of December whose subscriptions have been received by the General Secretary on or before the last Friday in February, i.e. Friday, 27th February 2015.

1st May 2015                       
Last date for receipt of nominations for the position of President.

8th May 2015                      
Ballot papers for election of President will issue.

22nd May 2015                  
Last date for receipt of ballot papers for Presidential election.


Congress 2015 - Wexford
Congress 2015 will be held from 7th – 9th April 2015 in Whites of Wexford

Reservations for accommodation during Annual Congress can be made with the following hotels:


Whites of Wexford

Tel:  053 9122311                               Email:

B&B:                                                    €70.00 per person sharing

                                                            €90.00 single

Children sharing                                 Under 4 years free of charge

with two adults:                                  Up to 16 years  €16.50 per child

Bookings must be made before 31st December 2014 to avail of the above rates.



Talbot Hotel, Wexford

Tel: 053 9122566                                Email:

B&B:                                                    €90.00 per person sharing

                                                            €120.00 single

Children sharing    

with two adults:                                  €15 per child per night B&B

Bookings must be made before 31st December 2014 to avail of the above rates.


Maldron Hotel, Wexford

Tel: 053 9172000                                Email:

B&B:                                                    €80.00 per person sharing

                                                            €125 single

Family rooms:                                     €190 per room

Bookings must be made before 31st December 2014 to avail of the above rates.

Ferrycarrig Hotel, Ferrycarrig, Wexford

Tel:  053 9120999                               Email:

B&B:                                                    €50.00 per person sharing

                                                            €75.00 single

Two children sharing

with two adults:                                  Family room €130

Bookings must be made before 31st December 2014 to avail of the above rates.


Reservations should be made directly with the hotels.  There are no booking forms required.

Child care facilities for children aged 4 years and above will be available at a local crèche, but places are limited. Further information regarding the crèche will be sent to you at a later date. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click here for application form.

Meals at Congress
All meals will be available to purchase in Whites Hotel, i.e. lunch and an evening meal.







TUI's Annual Congress 2014 took place in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny from 22nd to 24th April






Key Addresses

Click here to watch a video of TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann's address to Congress.

Click here to watch a video of Minister Ruairi Quinn's Congress speech followed by TUI President Gerard Craughwell's response.


A full list of motions carried will be sent to all members as part of the May 2014 TUI News.






Annual Congress 2014 - Media overview
The union’s Annual Congress received extensive media coverage in the days before and during the event.
Press statements in advance on health and safety concerns, the need for 4,000 additional teachers in the next decade, poor PLC course provision in many counties and a survey of lecturers on the move towards Technological Universities were well covered in the national media. 
Daithi Sims, Bernie Ruane, Claire Markey and John MacGabhann discussed the concerns of teachers and lecturers across the sectors on RTE’s Today With Sean O’ Rourke on the morning of March 22nd.

An opinion editorial by the TUI President in the Irish Times on the same day highlighted the plight of teachers suffering from the hugely damaging effects of casualisation. RTE’s Drivetime was broadcast live from the hotel lobby the following day, with Gerard Craughwell interviewed following his response to Minister Quinn’s address.

TUI representatives were interviewed on a range of RTE, Today FM, Newstalk and regional radio programmes and news bulletins. RTE, TV3 and TG4 television news reported from Kilkenny and Congress also received extensive print coverage throughout the week, including the lead story in the Irish Times on Thursday March 24th (Teachers ‘horrified’ at Quinn’s lack of consultation).


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