Glór an Deoraí - Irish Emigrants Voice



The decision of Mr. Derek Nally, "Ferndale", Bunclody, County Wexford, to seek a Presidential nomination is based on a lifetime of public and private service and on a desire to serve his country at the highest possible level.

A native of Thurles, Co. Tipperary Mr. Nally was born on December 4th, 1936 and after completing his education at Thurles C.B.S. joined the Gardai in 1957. During a distinguished career, he was promoted Sergeant in 1964 and appointed to the Gardai Press Office in 1971 where he remained for two years before taking up the post of General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors.

During his 10-year tenure of office as General Secretary, Mr. Nally distinguished himself as an able and forthright negotiator on behalf of his colleagues. His diplomatic type approach, coupled with his ability to always see the opposing point of view, earned him the reputation of being a conciliator and a man with whom business could be done.

He was promoted Detective Sergeant in 1983 and retired from the Force some four years later after a distinguished 30-year career.

Mr. Nally was a member of the International Union of Police Associations 1975 to 1983 and represented the Garda Siochana at police conferences all over Europe.

He was awarded a Diploma in Industrial Relations from the National College of Industrial Relations in 1980, before being appointed President of the Irish Conference of Professional and Service Associations for two years.

Keenly interested in all aspects of youth work, Mr. Nally' was Chairman of the National Federation of Youth Clubs from 1973 to 1975 and also served as vice Chairman of the National Youth Council. He represented Ireland on the Governing body of the European Youth foundation and was vice-president of the Council of European National Youth Committees. A founding member of the Irish Youth Foundation, Mr. Nally still retains a keen interest in youth and youth affairs.

He founded the Irish Association of victim Support in 1983 and acted as the Association’s first Chairman. He is presently Honorary President of the Association and continues to be involved in every aspect of its work.

He is also a founding member and former chairman of the European Forum for victim Services and still represents Ireland and the Irish Association for victim Support on the Forum. He is currently Chairman of the Tourist Victim Support Service.

For his work on behalf of victim Support Mr. Nally was presented with Person of the Year Award in 1995 for his "outstanding contribution to society in Ireland".

A keen environmentalist Mr. Nally has for long been associated with projects designed to improve the environment in which we live. For years he has been actively involved in the management of the River Slaney, which flows through County Wexford, and partly through his efforts salmon stocks in the river have increased substantially. He is currently a member of the river's management committee and is also involved in other environmental issues locally.

Now a successful businessman and security consultant, Mr. Nally is Managing Director of the Securway Group of companies incorporating Securway Limited, International investigations Ireland, Securway Investigations Ulster, Emergency Response Limited - A unique security monitoring system for the elderly and those at risk in the community.

He is vice-president of the Council of International Investigators and will assume the Presidency of the council in two years time. He was named Investigator of the Year by the British Association of investigators in 1995 and was similarly honoured by the council of investigators in 1996

Mr. Nally is married to Joan (nee Ron ass) - a native of Dublin - and is the father of two grown up daughters.

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