06 January 2016
National Conference 2016 Developments Dear Colleagues,
Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all.By now you will all have received your conference packs and booking details.
2016 Conference hosted by the Tipperary Branch under the capable Leadership of
Niall Murphy promises to be exceptional in every way possible.
only 23 days left for members to the closing date which is 29th January to
avail of our “Early bird discounted rate of 120eu”
For our New members please note that the conference is generally supported
financially by most schools as it is providing valuable CPD for all attendees. The
Department of Education is also fully supportive and sponsors this CPD in
partnership with the IGC.
There have been a lot of developments in relation to the conference. The key
components of the conference programme are as follows:
• The Tipperary born author, Donal Ryan will be delivering
the keynote on Friday. Donal is also the writer in residence at UL.
• The Tipperary Branch, Organising Committee have put
together a fantastic range of workshops for delegates. A total of 24
workshops will be available.
• Colm O Gorman, Amnesty International, will be our keynote
speaker on Saturday morning at the plenary session
• An exciting education panel, with the education
spokespersons from each political party, has been arranged for Saturday.
This is very timely in the run up to the next general election which fingers
crossed will not take place until the following weeks. The session will be
expertly chaired by Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor for the Irish
Independent. Never was there a better opportunity for the IGC to get political
There is a great sense of anticipation in relation to the conference. The IGC
has been through very difficult times, the tide is turning and admittedly we
still have serious work to do and much to celebrate.
The IGC is 40 years in existence in 2016. The partial restoration of Guidance
Counselling was announced by the Minister in budget 2016. This is the start of
the process and our vision for full restoration of Guidance Counselling in all
educational Settings is taking shape.
Please join us for what will be an excellent, enjoyable and uplifting National
Le gach dea-ghuí,
Betty Mc Laughlin.