The Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland (RTAI) is a vibrant and energetic fellowship of retired primary teachers. Founded in Dublin in the early 50’s it has grown to over 10,000 members organised in 32 branches throughout the 26 counties.
There are two key aspects to the work of the Association. Firstly, at national level there is a strong focus on looking after the interests of retired teachers in relation to pensions and other issues that impact on their welfare and wellbeing. Providing advice and services to individual members is central to this aspect of our work.

Secondly, at local level there is a strong social element to the Association that provides the opportunity for members to engage in a variety of activities and events but also provides an opportunity for members to remain in touch with former colleagues as part of a collegiate and supportive network. The title of our magazine Comhnasc, reflects the importance of remaining ‘connected’ in the culture of the Association.
The policies and direction of the RTAI are set by an annual delegate convention. A twelve member National Executive Committee, comprising 11 retired teachers elected annually and the General Secretary oversee the activities of the Association on an ongoing basis.

The RTAI works closely with other kindred organisations and in particular values its relationship with the INTO.

Objectives of the RTAI


The objectives for which the Retired Teacher’s Association of Ireland is established are as follows:


To unite and organise the retired primary school teachers of Ireland and to provide a means for the expression of their collective opinion on matters affecting their interests as retired teachers.


  • To afford advice to individual members on matters relevant to their status as retired teachers.


  • To safeguard and improve the conditions of retired teachers.


  • To promote cooperation and fraternal links at national and local level with the INTO.


  • To promote, organise and arrange social and educational events for members of the Association.


  • To promote co-operation and fraternal links at national and local level with kindred associations and organisations.


  • To assist charitable causes and appeals through the association’s Solidarity Fund as set out in the Rules.

Ms Charlotte Maye RTAI President

Ms Máire Ní Chuinneagáin, Vice-President


National Executive Committee (NEC)

Ms Charotte Maye

President; Ms Máire Ní Chuinneagáin Vice-President; Ms Mary McCarthy Ex President

Mr. John O'Brien

General Secretary

The members of the NEC for 2024/2025 are:
District 1: Ms. Bhrighidín Hawke
District 2: Ms Carmel Niland

District 3: Ms. Julie O’Connor
District 4: Mr. Fachtna Hamilton
District 5: Ms. Marian Ryan
District 6 : Ms. Noeleen Rooney
District 7: Mr. John Conroy
District 8: Ms. Eileen McCauliffe