Please note: these are the Society’s current rules, updated following the 2015 AGM.
Rules of Friends of the Rebel Army Society Limited
Rules for Societies registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1893-1978
1: GENERAL QUALIFICATION & INTERPRETATION
In construing these Rules, the following words and expressions shall have, respectively, the meanings herein stated, provided that such meaning does not conflict with the subject matter of the Rule or the context:
2: The name of the Society shall be
Friends of the Rebel Army Society Limited
3: The registered office of the Society shall be at:
4: The objects of the Society shall be:
“Members shall pay an Annual Subscription to defray the costs of running the Society at a rate to be determined by the Committee from time to time with the approval of the membership. Such subscription shall be payable on or before a date as may be ﬁxed by the Committee. The Committee may terminate the membership, cancel the share or shares of a Member and repay to that Member the amount paid up on his shares (€1.27) less such sum as may be due by him to the Society if the Member fails to pay his Annual Subscription for any year within six months of the same becoming due.
The repayment shall be at the discretion of the Committee who shall satisfy themselves that such repayment would not jeopardise the ﬁnancial stability of the Society, and shall be made at such time and in such installments as the Committee shall decide. The Committee shall review on an annual basis the Annual Subscription. In the event of any alteration, the Members shall be notiﬁed by the Secretary of such change and of the date from which the new rate will apply.”
7: CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP
iii. He/She fails, after a written demand to pay in full their annual subscription.
iii. In the shares of, and loans (secured on property) to any other Society or Company which is a member of this Society provided such Society or Company shall be one with limited liability.
12: GENERAL MEETING
iii. The appointment of an Auditor for the current year. The Auditor shall not hold any other office in connection with the Society.
All motions put forward must contain the text of the motion and an explanation of why the motion is being proposed, as well as this it must be stated if the motion is intended as a rule change and where in the rules it is to be modified or added.
For the purpose of this section “long-distance” shall mean votes sent by registered post, hand delivered or electronically. It shall be the duty of the member submitting the proposal to ensure that the Secretary is in receipt of his/her ballot.
14: APPLICATION OF PROFITS
iii. To provide funding for social or charitable purposes or for relevant services among the members and the community generally.
15: AMENDMENTS TO RULES
16: STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS
The registered name of the Society shall be kept displayed in a conspicuous place at the registered office of the Society and at any other place at which the business of the Society is carried on and shall be printed on all of the Society’s correspondence.
The Society shall have its name engraved in legible characters upon a seal, which shall be in the custody of the Chairman. It shall only be used under the authority of a Resolution of the Committee and shall be attested by the signatures of two members of the Committee and the Secretary.
The Society may, by Special Resolution in accordance with the provisions of Section 51(a) of the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893:
iii) Convert itself into a Company;
The Accounts of the Society, together with a Balance Sheet showing the receipts, expenditure, funds and effects of the Society, and all necessary vouchers, shall be submitted once in every year for audit to one of the Public Auditors who shall be appointed subject to Section 187 of the Companies Act 1990 and who shall be selected in accordance with Rule 12 (I) iii.
The Committee shall, before the 31st day of March in each year, forward to the Registrar the Form of Annual Return covering the period and in the manner prescribed by the Acts and the Regulations, accompanied by a copy of every Auditor’s Report and Balance Sheet made during the period included in the Return.
The Committee shall, once at least in every three years, make out a Special Return and send it to the Registrar, together with the Annual return signed by the Auditor showing the holding of every person in the Society at the date to which the said Annual Return is made out.
A copy of each Annual Return shall be delivered gratuitously on application to every member or person interested in the funds of the Society.
A copy of the last Annual Balance Sheet for the time being, together with the Auditor’s Report, shall be kept hung up in a conspicuous place in the Society’s registered office.
A copy of the Society’s Rules shall be supplied to any person demanding and paying for it the sum of six cent.
Any member or person interested in the funds of the Society may inspect his own account and the Register of Members during business hours at the Society’s registered office.
Any ten members may, in accordance with Section 18 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893, apply to the Registrar to appoint an accountant to inspect the books of the Society and to report thereon.
Members may make application to the Registrar in accordance with the Acts:
19: DECEASED MEMBERS
20: “Members of Unsound Mind”
If a member or person claiming through a member becomes of unsound mind as per Section 3 of the Mental Health Act, 2001, and no committee of his estate or Trustee of his property has been duly appointed, the Society, acting through its Committee, may, when it is proved to the satisfaction of the Committee of the Society that it is just and expedient so to do, pay the amount of the shares and loans belonging to such member to any person whom they shall judge proper to receive the same on his behalf, whose receipt shall be a good discharge to the Society for any money so paid.
21: TRANSFER TO OR ON BEHALF OF DECEASED, “OR MEMBERS OF UNSOUND MIND” OR BANKRUPT MEMBERS
The Society may, at the discretion of the Committee of Management, affiliate to the ICOS and pay such affiliation fee as may be agreed between the ICOS and the society. In the event that the society affiliates to the ICOS, the books and accounts of the Society shall be open to the inspection of any duly accredited representative of the ICOS during business hours. On payment of the agreed affiliation fee, the Society shall be entitled to such privileges as may be available from the ICOS from time to time.