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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.

 

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

Want to warm up on a cold day – Iron smelt CPD on 7th December 2019

Join us for the final face-to-face CPD event of the IAI CPD 2019 calendar. The workshop titled Early medieval iron smelting workshop for archaeologists will take place on Saturday 7 December 2019 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainers are Dr. Brendan O’Neill and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan. This event will focus on early medieval technologies, allowing attendees to actively participate in an iron smelt. This workshop is part of a series designed to engage with professionals, researchers and interested parties at all levels. Registration is essential as places are limited due to the practical nature of the training. Full details and registration form on our CPD... read more

Invasive Species training for Archaeologists

The next CPD event entitled Invasive Species and Archaeology – Awareness and Best Practice will takes place on Friday 25th October 2019 in Transport Infrastructure Ireland office, Parkgate Street, Dublin. IAI is delighted to partner with TII’s Environmental Policy and Compliance section, who has designed a half day training seminar, offering the participant an opportunity to learn about invasive alien plant species (IAPS) from some of Ireland’s leading experts. The event will introduce participants in the identification of IAPS and the root systems of the species. The participants will learn about the legal mechanism applicable to encountering and interfering with IAPS. The participant will be informed, through case study experiences, of the issues involved in a development context when IAPS are present on/within close proximity to a site. The seminar will offer practical advice on the do’s and don’ts of cleaning tools, equipment and machinery (where applicable) that are in use in an area of IAPS. This is a free event to attend. Registration is essential, so please populate and return via email the registration form. Full details and registration form on CPD event page of the website.... read more

UAV/Drone CPD event, Knowth House, Brú Na Bóinne, Co. Meath

Unique opportunity to learn about the usefulness and value of UAV’s for archaeologists and learn about the guidance and best practice in terms of operating a UAV. This event will include a practical drone flight session with expert trainers. The event runs from 1.30-8pm. Full details and registration forms on the CPD section of the... read more