Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann – Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women

Strategic Plan (2011-2015)

Background

Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women) was originally founded in 1950 and became incorporated in 2000. It is a company limited by guarantee and has been granted charitable status by the Revenue Commissioners.

The members of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta (ONET) are veterans of the Irish Defence Forces, Irish Red Cross and Civil Defence.

Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of ex-service personnel of the Irish Defence Forces; mainly through the provision of accommodation to those in need.   

During a particularly bad winter in 1988/1989 a number of destitute ex-servicemen were found dead on the streets of Dublin.  As a result of this ten members of the organisation raised a mortgage and built a twenty bedroom home for ex-servicemen and women in Queen Street in Dublin.  Subsequently smaller homes were opened in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (2004) and Athlone, Co. Westmeath (2006).   In 2005 following the demolition of the original home in Queen Street a new forty bedroom home was opened in Smithfield, Dublin.

Introduction

This is the third strategic plan following on the Flynn, O’Shea Report (2002) and Moving Forward. (2007). It sets out a number of strategic goals to build on the achievements of the previous two plans.  It also sets out the mission, vision and values of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta in a period of serious economic adjustment.

Vision

 Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta works to ensure that ex-servicemen and women play a full role in and are respected members of Irish Society.

Mission

 The primary object of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta is to ensure the welfare of ex-servicemen and women by way of providing accommodation to homeless, elderly or disabled members in need of such domestic accommodation and shelter and other assistance that may be required.

Values

 We value:
  • All ex-service personnel, no matter their circumstance, are accepted and assured of dignity and respect.
  • Those who died in the service of Ireland are suitably remembered.
  • The fostering of public interest in those currently serving in the Defence Forces
  • The nurturing of relationships between other veterans organisations and Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta.
  • The comradeship of our fellow members.

Strategic Goals

 This plan is built on three strategic goals
  1. Strengthen the capacity of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta to get things done.
  2. Build public support for the Organisation and its goals.
  3. To ensure ONET meets its commitments and requirements set out in State Legislation for Charities

 

Strengthen the capacity of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta to get things done.

In a period of a serious downturn in the economy it is important that the capacity of the organisation is strengthened so that it can fulfil its mission of ensuring the welfare of ex-service personnel and build on its achievements over previous plans.

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Build public support for the Organisation and its goals

Although Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta is over fifty years old it is little known outside of the Defence Community.  Over the period of the plan a public relations campaign should be put in place to heighten awareness of the organisation and its goals.

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To ensure ONET meets its commitments and requirements set out in State Legislation for Charities

As a limited company, a recognised charity and an employer ONET must meets its statutory obligations.

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Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann Teoranta
Brú na bhFi­ann
Smithfield Market
North King Street
Dublin 7
Ireland

Phone: (+353) 1-485-0666
Fax: (+353) 1-485-0601