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Profile of registrant

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Identification number in the register: 92647049370-68
Registration date: 20/08/12 17:23:59

The information on this organisation was last modified on 04/09/14 16:27:56
The date of the last annual update was 04/09/14 16:27:56

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Acronym: ICTU
Legal status: Unincorporated Entity
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade unions

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Ms  Sally Anne  Kinahan
Position: Assistant General Secretary

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  David  Begg
Position: General Secretary

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: ICTU 31-32 Parnell Square Dublin
Dublin 1
Telephone number: (+353 1) 8897777
Fax number: (+3531) 8872012
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Stronger Together

Congress is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 832,000 working people. There are currently 55 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.

Congress Vision

Congress seeks to achieve a just society - one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life. Quality of life embraces not just material well-being, but freedom of choice to engage in the arts, culture and all aspects of civic life. This vision applies in the context of Ireland, Europe and the wider world and challenges the existing economic order.

Congress Mission

Congress will strive to achieve economic development, social cohesion and justice by upholding the values of solidarity, fairness and equality.

The primary instrument for the achievement of this mission will be the organisation of workers in unions. Congress will also construct and advocate for a platform of policies capable of delivering our vision of a just society. We will engage with Government, employers, civil society organisations, voluntary groups and international bodies to promote its attainment. We will support unions in their efforts to secure a fairer distribution of the wealth their members create.

Arising from this there are four key objectives:
1.To build capacity in recruitment, organisation and advocacy;
2.To improve Congress capacity to regulate relations between affiliated unions;
3.To achieve the financial viability of Congress;
4.To create a broad base of support or empathy with a concept of the common good which will help us to translate our vision of a just society into reality.

Working Together

Through the Social Partnership process, Congress can shape and influence government action in key areas, such as taxation, employment legislation, education and social policy. In general terms, the role of Congress is to:
•Represent and advance the economic and social interests of working people;
•Negotiate national agreements with government and employers, when mandated to do so by constituent and member unions;
•Promote the principles of trade unionism through campaigns and policy development.
•Provide information, advice and training to unions and their members;
•Assist with the resolution of disputes between unions and employers;
•Regulate relations between unions and ruling on inter-union disputes.

Congress also pursues these objectives at both the EU and the global level.Congress is the sole Irish affiliate of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the representative body for trade unions at European level and is also affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information: 1 - Communications Officer

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

ICTU's activities were conducted via it's participation in various committees of the ETUC and through its membership of the Economic and Social Committee etc.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Budget
  • Communication
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Public Health
  • Taxation
  • Youth


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

European Trade Union Confederation

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 150000  € - 200000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.