The 2017 Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) will be held on Thursday and Friday 20th and 21st April 2016 in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. The overflow hotel for accommodation will be the Connought Hotel.
The Annual Delegate Conference, which is the supreme decision making body in the Union, is composed of delegates from the Branches along with the Executive Committee and the Standing Orders Committee.
At the ADC delegates review the Annual Report of the Executive Committee and the Union's Statement of Accounts and decide Union policy for the coming year. In addition, the delegates elect the Executive Committee. This Committee acts as the Management Board of the Union and ensures that the policies which have been adopted, are given effect.
Initially, the ADC elects the President, Vice-President and 14 ordinary members of the Executive Committee. Following this a further election is conducted for five seats and the electorate is confined to those Branches which are not represented amongst the 16 people already elected. The candidature is confined to persons from branches that do not already have a member on the Executive Committee.
The ADC also elects a Standing Orders Committee whose function is to organise the arrangement of business at the ADC of the following year or at any Special Delegate Conferences of the whole Union that take place during the year. Also elected at ADC are the Union's Scrutineers whose job is to count the votes cast at the ADC and to count the votes cast in any general ballots of the membership that occur during the year.
Branch delegates to the Conference are generally appointed at the Annual General Meetings of each Branch so members wishing to be appointed as delegates to the Conference should put their names forward at their Branch Annual General Meetings.
Annual Report Membership Report Conference Paper: New Union Project