Cavan woman takes up key INMO role

Preserving nurse’s living standards and developing effective health and safety policies have been identified as key policy targets by the newly elected First Vice President of the Irish Nurses And Midwives Organisation (INMO).

Cavan Public Health Nurse, Mary Tully, was elected to the role of First Vice President of the INMO at the Annual Delegates’ Conference held in Sligo last week. The first Vice President is the second most senior position in the forty three thousand member nurses Union.

Ms Tully was successful in a keenly contested vote. Currently a Public Health Nurse in the Mullagh District Mary is Chairperson of the Cavan Branch INMO and is serving her fifth term on Executive Council. She is chair of the Public Health Nurses Section within the INMO.

Speaking after her election Ms Tully said: “I'm committed to developing effective binding health and safety policies for nurse’s workplaces, to achieving upward pay adjustments within Building Momentum to preserve nurse’s living standards in the face of spiralling inflation and to the continuous training and empowerment of Branch Representatives.”

Mary will hold the role of First Vice President for two years. She explained to the Celt the process of the elections: “The delegates at the conference elected the executive council. The members of the executive can then contest for the post of President and First Vice President. Both posts are for a two year term, but the sitting president has the option of holding the post for a second term. This year the sitting president was unopposed. There was stiff competition for the First Vice President post.”

Having just assumed the role Mary was reluctant to be drawn on whether she will contest for the role of President in two years time: “I wouldn't even think of it at the moment,” she said.

Living in Bailieborough Mary is married to Senator Joe O'Reilly. They have three sons. A keen health and fitness enthusiast she recently completed her fifth successive marathon. Over the years Mary served as a Public Health Nurse in many areas across Cavan.