Presidential visit: head of National Union of Journalists in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

NUJ president Barry McCall, cathaoirleach of the Irish South West Branch, Norma Prendiville, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin, and Mike McNamara, president of the Limerick Trades Council. Picture: Mike Cowhey
THE president of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Britain and Ireland was in Limerick over the weekend.

THE president of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Britain and Ireland was in Limerick over the weekend.

Freelance journalist Barry McCall was elected to the position last year, and he joined members of the NUJ’s Irish South West branch at their AGM in the Strand Hotel.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned there is no better branch in Ireland than this one. Irish South West continues to attract great attendances and has remained relevant to its members down through the years through the hard work of its officers.”

Mr McCall recalled legendary journalist Arthur Quinlan, who passed away at Christmas, noting he was a loyal member of the union. Cathaoirleach Norma Prendiville said despite tough times, the branch has carved out a “very distinctive voice” within the overall NUJ, as well as “punching above its weight” and standing up for the conditions of members.