Our structure involves two membership categories:
1. Basic Membership
(referred to as just ‘membership’, or involving ‘members’). Membership is open to anyone in Ireland who has a vision impairment.
All members have input into VVI’s decision-making process, including the guiding of VVI’s priorities. Members will receive email newsletter updates on our activities, and are invited to make contributions to newsletters.
If you wish to become a member, all you need to do is email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name and local authority area (if known). Other contact details such as phone would also be nice, but are optional.
Note: membership is only open to people with a vision impairment, and will be revoked immediately if abuse is reported by a service-provider.
Where other groups have their core, trustees, board of directors etc., VVI has its group of ‘reps’. VVI currently has twelve reps. Being a rep involves one or all of the following roles:
- Representing VVI in consultations with statutory bodies (e.g., local government PPNs and service providers).
- Membership of policy subgroups and contribution to our policy documents.
- Also, ‘rep’ is an advisory capacity for individuals who have had a history/record of rights-based campaigning (bottom-up) relating to vision impairment.
Currently, while we bed down, effectively, being a rep is by invitation only, but people can invite themselves if they offer their services in the above three roles, and if they satisfy the following four conditions:
- VVI reps cannot be a representative, employee, board-member, or be in a leadership position of any Section 38 disability service provider, or any other DPO or “self advocacy group”.
- Reps must agree with the prioritisation of the views of DPOs over those of service-providers.
- Reps must agree with the prioritisation of perspectives of those with least ability, and solutions to be based on this.
- Reps must abide by our constitution.
List of our Reps and Roles
All enquiries can be addressed to email@example.com
Áine Wellard (Dublin City): Secretary of VVI, specialisations
include housing (including PPN rep on Dublin City Council’s Housing SPC), accessible communications, Climate Justice, Education, Health & Personal Assistance, Inclusion in Politics, the Justice System, Research, Outreach & DPOs, Travel.
Barry O’Donnell, (Kerry, Fingal): accessible broadcasting, Health & Personal Assistance, Education.
David Nestor (Galway, Meath): VVI rep on Meath PPN: housing, Travel.
Ed Harper (Co. Cork), agriculture, rural transport, rights of
older people, social justics and social inclusion.
Meadhbh Hennessy (Limerick): health and disability-related services.
Gerry Shanahan (Tipperary), VVI rep on Tipperary PPN Social Inclusion representative on the Infrastructure SPC of Tippperary County Council: Accessible communications, Travel.
Martin O’Sullivan (Dublin City): outreach, political Martin O’Sullivan (Dublin City): social inclusion and social justice, accessible communications.
Richie Sinnott (Wexford): Health and Personal Assistance, Housing, Travel.
Robbie Sinnott (Dublin City): VVI Co-ordinator/Chairperson and rep on Dublin City PPN, and PPN rep to Dublin City Planning SPC. Specialities include accessible travel and DPO rights.
Rosemarie Anne Fearsaor Hughes (Dublin City): accessible
communications, housing, travel, social inclusion and justice, and rights of access to the justice system.
Tim Culhane (Dublin City): accessible communication and travel (Dublin City).