The following letter has been sent to all hillwalking clubs affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland
Dear fellow Hillwalker
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) AGM on 24th March – Ramblers Motion
Following our communication to your hillwalking club last November, regarding an MI Hillwalking Committee, a motion on the topic has been submitted to MI and will be voted on at the MI AGM in the Aherlow House Hotel on Saturday 24th March. By clicking the link MI Motion from Irish Ramblers you can read the motion.
To date, we have received a substantially positive response to our proposal from other clubs and from some of the MI Board and staff with whom we have spoken. In addition, it was well received by the clubs in attendance at the Dublin MI Regional Meeting which was organised to canvas input for the MI Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
As we have said previously, MI’s hillwalking members make up a significant majority of the MI membership and there is acceptance that the MI focus on the sport of hillwalking may not be at a sufficient level of intensity to ensure adequate future development. This is why we are advocating a Hillwalking Committee – a part of MI specifically serving hillwalkers.
Carrying this particular members’ motion at the AGM makes the creation of a hillwalking committee a specific objective to be supported by the whole organisation. As with the Climbing Committee, the Hillwalking Committee should also be fully integrated and supported by the relevant parts of the Strategic Plan.
If your club hasn’t already decided, we would encourage you to send delegates to the AGM and we would ask that you support the motion to ensure the development of MI’s services to hillwalkers and hillwalking.
We would also appreciate if you could forward this communication to your membership as some of them may have made arrangements to attend the Spring Gathering on a personal basis.
We appreciate your support.
President – Irish Ramblers Club