You’ll have read last week of my resignation as director from the executive and council (essentially the board) of the Consumers Association of Ireland. On Saturday, Paul Cullen wrote about this in The Irish Times – Consumers’ group members resign.If you check out this link here, you can see some of the comments and reaction from Irish Times and ValueIreland.com readers to that piece.
It was touched upon in that article, and I referred to the two reasons for my resigning in my original post. Here are the details I provided to my fellow council members:
Firstly, apart from producing the monthly Consumer Choice magazine, the CAI has remained entirely reactive and has not presented any new or original initiatives to the Irish consumer in the past two years. The Irish consumer still does not know what the CAI is about despite my attempts while on Council to initiate activities that might have changed that perception.
Secondly, and of greater concern, is the worrying level of secrecy that appears to exist within the Association. While many directors and council members profess trust in the limited amount of information provided to them, that trust is not actually sufficient to allow a director fulfil their duties, and it is not enough for me to be happy being a director.
It was disappointing for me to have to resign from the Association, but I felt that despite my efforts the Association was going nowhere and wasn’t spending it’s money in the best way possible to be of assistance and benefit to Irish consumers.