The Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, David J. O’Callaghan, has welcomed the announcement of four Government nominees to the General Assembly of the Irish Red Cross. The four nominees are Máirtín O’Fainín, Mary Flaherty, Darren Ryan and Cathal Duffy, each of whom will serve for a three-year term.
The Mayor of Clonmel, Darren Ryan, has been a member of the Irish Red Cross for the last 20 years, first joining the Clonmel branch at the age of 10.
He has been an active volunteer at local level, serving as assistant unit officer in the uniformed section and holding many officer positions on the branch committee.
Since 2008 he has been chair of the Irish Red Cross National Youth Working Group, which is tasked with designing and implementing programmes and activities for over 2,000 young members of the Irish Red Cross.
He also chairs the Irish Red Cross National Child Protection Strategy Group, which is responsible for the implementation of the society’s Child Protection Policy and training of its members.
Through his involvement in Irish Red Cross Youth, Darren Ryan was chosen to be one of seven people given the task of drawing up the Irish Red Cross new constitution and operating rules and procedures, which were approved by Cabinet in recent weeks.
He has also been appointed to the new Strategic Development Team that will map out the future direction of the Irish Red Cross.
In the past few weeks he has represented the Irish Red Cross at the European Youth Co-operation Meeting in Bulgaria, where over 46 National Red Cross Societies came together to discuss the future of youth involvement in the Red Cross network.