Constitution of the Irish Society of Human Genetics
- The name of the Society shall be the Irish Society of Human Genetics.
- The objects of the Society shall be to advance research and education in human genetics.
Powers of the Society
In furtherance of the above-mentioned objects but not otherwise the Society through its
Council shall be empowered to:
- Promote study and research into human genetics as it relates to health and disease by
disseminating the useful results of such study and research.
- Promote public awaremess of human genetics as it relates to health and disease.
- Support, guide and inform the professions contributing to applications of genetics in
health care in Ireland.
- Offer informed opinion on issues of public interest in relation to genetics.
- Hold seminars, lectures, discussion groups, conferences and symposia.
- Act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation in matters of public and
- Invite and receive contributions from any person or organisation by way of subscriptions
- Borrow and raise money for the promotion of the objects of the society on such terms as
the Council shall consider expedient and in the interests of the Society.
- Undertake and execute any charitable trusts which may be lawfully undertaken by the
- Invest the monies of the society not immediately required for working purposes in such
investments as the Council shall from time to time determine.
- Do all such things as shall further the above mentioned objects or any one of them.
The income and property of the Society whencesoever derived shall be applied solely
towards the promotion of the objects of the Society as set forth in the Constitution, and
no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of profit to
Members of the Society. Provided that nothing herein shall prevent the reimbursement of
expenses or payment in good faith of proper and reasonable remuneration to any Officer,
Member or Servant of the Society in return for services rendered to the Society, or
reasonable and proper rent for premises demised or let by any member of the Society; but
so that no any salaried office of the Society or any office of the Society paid by fees,
and that no remuneration or other benefit in monies worth shall be given by the Society to
members of such Council or governing body, except repayment of out of pocket expenses and
reasonable and proper rent for premises demised or let to the Society.
Council of the Society [Click
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The Council shall consist of twelve members who shall elect from among their number a
Secretary who shall serve a two year term. The Secretary shall then serve a two year term
as President. Quorum for a Council Meeting shall be five (including the President or
Membership of the Society
The Society shall consist of Ordinary and Honorary members, Corporate members and
Overseas members. Only Ordinary members of the Society shall be entitled to vote in
elections or at meetings of the Society, or to be elected as Members of Council or
The membership shall be open to those with a professional interest in human genetics
and molecular medicine.
Ordinary members shall be normally resident, or normally practice a relevant profession in Ireland. Persons may be nominated
in writing by two members of the Society for election as Ordinary members. Members may be accepted by the council.
Overseas Members shall normally be resident outside Ireland and practicing a relevant profession. Persons may be nominated
in writing by two members of the Society for election as overseas members.
Persons of eminence who have contributed to the advancement of human genetics shall be eligible for election as
They shall be elected to the Society on the recommendation of the Council and they shall pay no membership subscription.
Companies may on the recommendation of the Council be admitted to Corporate Membership of the Society on payment of the
Corporate Membership subscription.
An Annual General Meeting shall be held. Extraordinary General Meetings may also be held either by decision of Council or when
the President is requested by 25 or more Ordinary Members in writing to convene such a meeting. At least 30 days notice of a General
Meeting shall be given.
Changes to the Constitution may be made when a two-third majority of those voting at a General Meeting agree. Proposals for changes
to the Constitution may be notified in writing to the Secretary at least 21 days before a General Meeting.