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The IAI Board has compiled a list of relevant links to government websites and agencies that will enable members keep informed and aware of supports that are available to them. This is not an exhaustive list and members who wish to provide additional links can do so by emailing – iaiarchaeology[@]iai.ie

 

Department of Health:
(Includes social welfare advice for employers, employees and the self-employed)
Health Service Executive (HSE):
Health and Safety Authority (HSA):
World Health Organisation (WHO):
Centre for Disease Control:
Revenue – Irish Tax and Customs:
Northern Ireland Government Services:
Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG):
Department for Communities
National Museum of Ireland:

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/corporate/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-coronavirus-crisis

 

 

The IAI would like to thank the JIA Editorial Board for attending its first meeting of 2020 (13th February). Thanks also to TII for hosting today’s gathering.

Pictured from left to right are: Conleth Manning, Independent Researcher,  Cormac McSparron, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Nick Maxwell, Wordwell Ltd (publisher), Dr Katharina Becker, University College Cork, Dr Michael Potterton, NUI Maynooth, Dr Dirk Brandherm, QUB (editor), Jean Farrelly, National Monuments Service, Dr Fiona Beglane, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Conor McDermott, UCD School of Archaeology, and Matthew Seaver, National Museum of Ireland.

 

Recent Industrial Action in Private Sector Archaeology: An Open Invitation to attend Mediation (6/7/18)

Given the recent industrial relations, which have thrown the Irish archaeological sector into the spotlight, the Board of the IAI would like to issue the following statement:

The aim of the IAI, through the representation of our members, is to advance and strengthen the profession of archaeology in Ireland and membership is open to professional archaeologists working in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The IAI represents members working in the public sector, the private (or ‘commercial’) sector, as well as museums and academia. We support the rights of Irish archaeologists, both as employees and employers, to a stable and sustainable employment environment.

As construction projects gain pace once again, there is an accelerating demand for suitably trained, qualified and experienced archaeologists to undertake necessary mitigatory works. In order to keep these individuals, and their knowledge, in the sector, appropriate remuneration and working conditions are a necessity. This has long been a concern to our members and was formally assessed by a Working Group for the Review of Pay Rates (WGRPR), commissioned by the IAI in March 2014. For all archaeologists, recognition (financial and otherwise) of their qualifications and their professional work is of key importance.

In order to achieve this, it is important for our small profession to unite to address these issues and for all parties to show willingness to engage in meaningful negotiations about employment conditions. The IAI is not a union and cannot enforce any sectoral pay rates for our members. Given our diverse professional membership and our cross-border agenda, the IAI has long maintained a neutrality on the issue of pay and remuneration, which varies across the public and private sector and between national boundaries.

Archaeologists working in the public and academic sectors have a long tradition of trade union recognition and representation; we believe that the commercial sector should be no different. The Board of the IAI is willing to facilitate discussions and act as a mediator between the interested parties. As ever, if any Member of the IAI has any concerns regarding this area, we would invite them to raise these with the Board.

The Board would like to acknowledge the commercial sector employers and the UNITE trade union who have engaged in the negotiation of these rights to date. We hope that their ongoing dialogue will be fruitful and bring Archaeology to equivalence with other areas of the construction sector. Ultimately, these actions provide for a greater recognition of Archaeology as a true profession.

On behalf of the IAI Board

 Dr James Bonsall, Chairperson, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

Cian Hogan, Public Relations Officer, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

 

Respect your Follow Archaeologists

Over the last few weeks the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland have noticed that that less-than-respectable comments have been made between parties, principally in the private (commercial) sector, on several social media fora.

The Board would like to remind its Members that by joining the Institute, and remaining as a Member, they made a contract with the Institute and a commitment to professionalism within the sector. This does not just cover their career work, but also their engagement with archaeology in other areas. If any Member(s) would like to bring any issue of maltreatment on such fora to the Board, please contact us at: iaiarchaeology[at]gmail.com

For those not among the Membership of the Institute, professional archaeologists are representatives of and for Irish archaeology; and that as such, any and all of our comments will be taken to reflect the sector.

The Board would like to remind all professional archaeologists working on the island of Ireland that discussion (or even argument), whether in agreement or disagreement, can and should be carried out in a respectful, professional manner.

 

Heritage Week 2021

In celebration of Heritage Week 2020 – the Board of IAI has produced a video presenting a summary for all audiences of the Eiscir Riada and the ancient roads of Ireland with Dr. Yolande... read more

Free Online CPD with Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group – open to the public

Online lunchtime CPD event titled The Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group – what we do and why we do it delivered by Dr. James Lyttleton (Chair of IPMAG). This event is a collaborative CPD event between IAI and IPMAG and will take place on Friday 26 March 2021 at 1pm. The talk will address some of the IPMAG’s advocacy work in relation to proposed heritage legislation and some of the projects relating to post medieval heritage that are progressing. The talk will be followed by a short questions and answer session and close at 2pm. To register for the event, please complete the registration form  – Registration Form – 26.3.21 and return by email to... read more

IAI/ iCAN collaborative CPD training on video content and editing

IAI in collaboration with the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) are delighted to open registrations to all members in good standing to register to attend a short series of online training sessions as an Introduction to video content and editing for those working in the heritage sector. Registration details are available on the CPD... read more

Public Register of Members

Members are advised to take action, as outlined in correspondence circulated by direct email, as part of the compilation of the forthcoming Public Register of Members. The deadline for completion of actions is 31st August 2020. read more

IAI Heritage Week 2020 video

In celebration of Heritage Week 2020 – the Board of IAI has produced a video showing their roles within the Institute and the varied roles and responsibilities in their working lives as professional archaeologists within Ireland. This video is aimed at communicating the work of the archaeologist to the public.... read more

Position of CEO advertised with Discovery Programme

The Discovery Programme (Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland) has advertised for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Close date for application is 5pm on Friday 11 September 2020. Full details and job specifics are available on – http://www.discoveryprogramme.ie/news/321-job-vacancy-ceo-2020... read more

IAI Conference 2020

The annual IAI conference 2020 and AGM will talk place on Friday the 3rd and Saturday 4th April in the Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast. The theme is Archaeology 2020 – where are we now, where are we going?. The conference will discuss various aspects of being an archaeologist in 2020, including the job pf archaeology, archaeology in plan and large infrastructural developments. If you would like to submit a presentation or poster, please contact the conference organiser Dr Lorna O’Donnell (odonnell.lorna@gmail.com) by the 14th of February 2020 with a title and approximately 200 word... read more