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IACP AGM 2017 Update

The 2017 IACP AGM was held on Friday 21st April 2017 at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. 

A brief overview of the AGM follows:

The Minutes of the 2016 AGM were approved.

The 2016 accounts were approved.


There was one motion at the AGM.

Motion: To amend Bye Law 37 to the following: The financial year end shall be the
30th of June.

Rationale: IACP’s current financial year runs from 1st January to 31st December.
Since IACP wish to run annual AGM’s in conjunction with our annual
conference each year, we would need to change our financial year-end to
30th June to allow us to comply with filing regulations, as laid down by
the Companies Registration Office (CRO).

This change of year-end will not affect any other part of the running of
the Association.

Proposed By: The Board of Directors

This motion was carried.


Following the AGM Election, the Board of Directors for 2017 / 2018 are:

Eugene McHugh - Cathaoirleach

Sheila Haskins - Leas Cathaoirleach

Clair Bel Maguire

Patrick Harraghy

Margaret Hickey

Catherine Roebuck

The date for the next IACP AGM was announced: Saturday 21st October 2017 in Kilkenny




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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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