Manifesto of Bryan Wall For the Position of Director of Humanist Association of Ireland My name is Bryan Wall. I am 28 years old, and have been residing in Cork and its environs for the last 8 years, originally being a native of a small village in Co. Carlow. Like most Irish people, I went through the perfunctory Catholic upbringing, even going so far as holding the privileged position of altar boy for roughly two years in my youth. It was in my teens that I fell out of favour with religion, but it was a slow and gradual process before I could call myself an atheist and a humanist. In fact, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I declared myself as so.
Experience Despite my youth, I believe that I have the prerequisite experience which will enable me to carry out my duties if elected. Between 2010 and 2012 I was secretary of the UCC Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, & Humanist Society and as part of my duties I arranged all meetings for the Society, attended all committee meetings when possible, kept minutes and attendance for each meeting, dealt with correspondence for the society, helped to organise and publicise society events, was responsible for the general administration of the society, acted as Vice-Auditor of the society when the Auditor was indisposed, helped to edit the society’s first publication, “The Invisible Pink Unicorn”, chaired or co-chaired society events and helped to organise and publicise society events.
What I Will Bring to the Board if Elected Accountability Over the last few months it has become clear that the board of directors is not as accountable to the general membership as it should be. This is something which I intend to change. The leadership of any movement needs to be held to account for decisions it has made, no matter how small or large. I will be accountable to every single member of the HAI. The current situation is the opposite of this, and there needs to be a reform in the organisation, specifically how the board interacts and deals with the general membership.
A more National HAI As the organisation is called the Humanist Association of Ireland, there needs to be greater support of local humanist groups around the country. This support not only means basic financial support, but also in the sense of allowing these local organisations to be allowed to function under the auspices of the HAI and with its imprimatur. This will not only encourage humanists throughout the country to become more active, but will also foster a truly democratic current throughout the entire organisation. Added to this is that it will take away the Dublin bias, whether intentional or not, in the HAI, which has resulted in the wider membership feeling alienated from decisions which have been made and are made in the capital city.
Publicity and Publications The HAI is not as present in the public consciousness as it should be. This needs to be rectified. Therefore, if elected I propose investigating the feasibility of taking out advertisement campaigns in the local media, be it in the print or radio. This should be done so that the organisation is advertised generally in the sense to show that there is a Humanist Association of Ireland, but also advertised for what it can offer in its more utilitarian aspects, i.e., the role of the organisation in ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Thus far, this has not been done.