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Hi folks. After a long absence, I’ve decided to renovate and update my blog. Work has been continuing on my books and I expect to  publish them next year via   Suir Vista   Part of the reason for the delay has been due to the fact that I’ve been a volunteer for a Credit Union  and undertook a lengthy course of study for both a Certificate and a Diploma in Credit Union Governance. I’m proud to announce that I received 1 Class Hons. in the Diploma and a 2.1 in the Certificate.  The Irish Central Bank recognised that Credit Unions were run by many unqualified individuals and made regulations requiring directors to be subject to a fitness and probity regime.    However, they failed to stipulate that volunteers achieving Diploma status had to be retained on the Board. Perhaps they thought this was obvious  as what business would train personnel only to replace them with untrained newcomers?   It appears however that Credit Unions are run on the old school tie principle or some unknown philosophy and this has led to me being voted off the Board by about 90 out of the 18,000 members.  I wasn’t even allowed to present a proper bio to those handful present at the AGM whereas the other candidates were.    I am appealing this state of affairs to the Board tonight  17 December, 2014  and I trust that some reason will return to their minds and that I will be re-instated without the necessity to organise an EGM  in the New Year.   Tomorrow I will let you know the outcome.

Update : 18 December 2014 . As I expected, when it came to accepting that they had made an error and correcting it, my colleagues on the Board took the easy way out for them and stuck to what they had already decided. My appeal for justice and good business sense was rejected. However, I agreed to think about using the complaints procedure and to postpone further action until the new year.  Since complaints are heard by members of the board, it can’t be said to be impartial so it’s doubtful if I will try that avenue.