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10 Jul, 2023

Important Notice

Notice to all members:

A vote was taken at the 2022 AGM of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland for a change of name of the society to ‘The Vegan Society of Ireland’.  All VSI members were notified about the AGM a month before it took place, via email and posts on our social media.

We would like to reassure our members that, should our application to the Charity Regulator for a change the name of the charity be successful, vegetarians will still be very welcome and encouraged to join.

If our application to change the name of the society is denied, we will be discussing the possibility of winding down the charity, under its current name.

We are currently in the process of bringing our accounts up to date.  Once this is complete we will be in a position to apply to the Charity Regulator for a change of name, following a change to the wording of the constitution.

10 Jul, 2023

Minutes of AGM 2022

Vegetarian Society of Ireland – AGM

Saturday, 3rd Sept. 2022



  • Mary Minihane
  • Liam Madden
  • Sarah Allen
  • Martin O’Reilly


  • Rose McCarthy
  • Louisa  Jane Moss
  • James O’Donovan
  • Bronwyn Slater


Sarah Allen resigned as Director.

Martin O’Reilly resigned as Chairperson and Director.

It was noted by Mary that Grace Hillis is Company Secretary and wishes to resign.

Liam Madden and Mary Minihane agreed to stay on as directors.

Bank Account:

Mary pointed out that we have 10K euros in the bank account and €3k in prize bonds.

3 people are required to be signatories on the account.  Currently those 3 people are:   Sarah Allen, Mary Minihane and Maureen O’Sullivan.

Louisa Moss and Bronwyn Slater will replace Sarah Allen and Maureen O’Sullivan on the bank account.

We will have to change the name of the Bank Account, in accordance with the name change of the organisation – see below.

2 people have to sign every cheque.


We need an accountant as our current accountant has not been responding to Mary’s attempts to get the accounts finalised.

Mary has already contacted the Charities Regulator about this and got no response.

The accountants normally charge 800 euros.

James mentioned that on the Grant Thornton Website it says that “charities will not be required to file financial statements with the CRA if their income is below €25,000 per annum.”

Rose mentioned that she may know of an accountant.

It was suggested that we email Grant Thornton who work with charities.

Liam suggested ‘Tax Assist’ who have offices around the country.

Mary is willing to stay on as Treasurer but she does not want to work with accountants.

Mary mentioned that she would like someone else to get the prize bond money.

Liam felt that we should get the accounts audited.

Action Point: James will do some further investigation on this and report back

New Directors:

The group decided that the following people would be the new directors:

  • Rose McCarthy
  • Louisa Moss
  • Bronwyn Slater


It was pointed out by James that Company Directors have legal responsibility to ensure that everything is above board within the company/charity.  James shared the document, Guidance for Charity Trustees in the chat which outlines the responsibilities of trustees.


Bronwyn Slater will be the secretary.


Martin O’Reilly was the Chairperson.

Bronwyn Slater volunteered to chair future meetings.  (If anyone else would like to chair future meetings this role can be shared.)


The Guidance for Charity Trustees clarifies that “If the charity is a company, the charity trustees are the directors and other officers of the company;”

Positions on the Committee:

Louisa Moss volunteered to be Public Relations Officer.

Rose McCarthy indicated that she would get involved in encouraging membership.

We have Dr. Ulrich Bartels signed up to be our Health spokesperson.

Maureen O’Sullivan has agreed to be our Legal spokesperson.

James O’Donovan will be our Environment spokesperson.

Louisa mentioned that she is currently a climate ambassador with An Taisce and can also speak to environmental and climate issues.

Name change – from ‘The Vegetarian Society of Ireland’ to ‘The Vegan Society of Ireland’:

Louisa proposed the motion to change the name of the society, and Bronwyn seconded.

All voted in favour of the motion to rename the society.

It was pointed out that Vegetarians should be encouraged to become members of the society.

Our role should be education first and foremost.

The Constitution will need to be updated.  It is online at:  vegetarian.ie/constitution

Action Point: James will look at the Terms of Reference.

Website, Social Media, Emails:

Mary pointed out that we need to sort out the emails.  She is currently monitoring them.

David Roberts was previously the tech support person for the website and emails.

We said that we would set up a new website and re-launch ourselves.

The domain ‘vegansociety.ie’ is currently unavailable but may become available soon.  Bronwyn will monitor the situation.

Action Point: Bronwyn will obtain a suitable domain name for the website.

Other options include:  vegsoc.ie  or   vegsociety.ie

Liam mentioned he was active on social media.

Bronwyn is also willing to work on social media.

Ideas for the future:

Rose mentioned that we should have stands at festivals and events, and that we should make a list of events we could participate in, eg. Electric Picnic, Vegfest, etc.

Universities may also be ripe for vegan outreach.

Committee Meetings:

Our next zoom meeting is Wednesday, 5th of October at 8.30pm

It was suggested that we meet once a month – on the first Wednesday of the month – until we get all the new changes in place.

The meetings are to last no more than one hour.

(November’s meeting will be Weds, 2nd Nov.)

30 Jun, 2019

AGM 2019

We’re holding our AGM on Saturday 13th July at the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, from 12:00-14:00. You’re all welcome to come along!!

See here for more details.

27 Sep, 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018 Stands

  • Cork Crafts
  • Maria Byrne’s Italian Style Food
  • Mke Nyumbani – Kenya Cuisine
  • Bliss Bites Bakery
  • Nikki Wong
  • The Weed Solution
  • Bend in the Barrow
  • AB studio – Clean Design
  • The Goose and Rabbit
  • Lilith Therapy
  • Gypsylove Candles
  • The Vegetarian Society of Ireland
  • Effective Altruism Ireland
  • National Animal Rights Association (NARA)
  • Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR)
  • Compassion in World Farming Ireland
24 Sep, 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018 Speakers

12:30pm:  Dr Maureen O’Sullivan (Chairperson of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland and Lecturer in law at NUI Galway)

The Rights of Vegans and Vegetarians in the Kingdom of Protein-landia


1:15pm  John Gibbons (Environmental Journalist)

Is Meat Madness?


2:00pm  Stephanie O’Flynn (NUI Galway)

A Critique of Animal Welfare Law, Dog Breeding and the Greyhound Industry in Ireland


2:45pm  Natalie Cargill (Founder & Executive Director of Effective Giving UK)

Effective Animal Advocacy


3:45pm World Vegetarian Day Panel Discussion





17 Sep, 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018

If you were at the World Vegetarian Day last year, you will want to mark Sunday 30th September 2018 in your diary, so that you don’t miss what will be a bigger and better event this year.

Admission is FREE

There will be plenty of stalls in the main hall (ground floor) with a focus on:
– vegetarian & vegan food
– animal rights
– the environment
– and much more!

Getting There

St Andrew’s is easily accessible by public transport.

Dublin Bus routes 1, 47, 56a and 77a stop outside. (Bus Stop No. 352 outbound / Bus Stop No. 397 inbound.) Check out www.dublinbus.ie for bus times.

Pearse Street DART station is less then 10 minutes walk away. Check out www.irishrail.ie for DART times.

Walking from the main gates of Trinity College will take you about 15 minutes.

The nearest Dublin Bikes station is located at Grand Canal Dock (Station 69). Check out www.dublinbikes.ie/All-Stations/Station-map for details.

Parking is available on Pearse Square opposite the venue and on Macken Street. Grand Canal Square Car Park is also near (check outwww.dublindocklands.ie/Parking for details).

Map: www.standrews.ie/contact/locationmap

Vegetarian Society of Ireland

Poster designed by Sanja Ireland

9 Aug, 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018

World Vegetarian Day 2018 is taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018, at St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 from 11am-5pm.

We look forward to see you there.

Here are the details for booking a stand at the event:

  • Charity €35
  • Commercial Non-Food €65
  • Commercial Food €90

Special discount for two stands!

Options Available

12 Mar, 2018

Response to Philip Boucher-Hayes’ documentary on what he terms as “veganism”

School of Law,
National Universisty of Ireland,


To: RTE Complaint

March 10, 2018

RE: Philip Boucher-Hayes Documentary What Are You Eating? on Veganism

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to make a complaint about the above programme which violates the European Convention on Human Rights and I would request that you remove this broadcast from all sites without delay and issue an apology and corrections to the misinformation contained in the broadcast. I lecture in Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and I am Chairperson of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland. We also support vegan aims and the broadcast has caused deep offence throughout the country and beyond. You would not dare to make a programme about religious minorities which lampooned their food choices and showed their “sacred cows” being cut up and eaten. Your legal advisors may have failed to mention to you that Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights which relates to freedom of conscience protects beliefs such as vegetarianism, veganism and environmentalism on an equal footing to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism and so on and, whether you like it or not, you are bound by this law and you have a duty to ensure that your broadcasts comply.

Your broadcast also violates equality legislation in the provision of services to minorities – would you make a programme which makes fun of the disabled, ethnic minorities, the elderly or those with gender identity issues? Yet, equality legislation also extends to those who seek to live their lives more ethically and you show a worrying dearth of knowledge in this regard. I was most surprised that you did not edit out Darina Allen’s comment that she thought that “cranky” vegans needed a steak. Ms. Allen presides over a large family emporium that recently has added a number of vegan products to its range (Cully and Sully soups, for example) so the somewhat ambidextrous approach to our “market” is not easy to rationalise and, again, violates our rights under the Convention (together with several other binding international and regional legal instruments). Moreover, would you have edited out a comment whereby Muslims or Jews were depicted as “cranky” for not eating pork? I suspect the answer would be in the affirmative and again, you are legally obliged to treat vegans and vegetarians in the same manner.

Likewise, we would like to know how the animals in the programme were killed and whether you ensured that this was done within the provisions of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 as it is an offence under the Act to kill if this is done with “unnecessary cruelty”. We will require a detailed response from you. Whilst vegans oppose killing animals, I am interested whether you also acted with disregard for this law, given your blasé approach to the issue of rights.

Furthermore, justifying meat eating because “it tastes delicious” or because we’ve allegedly eaten meat for millions of years shows your utter unawareness of Ireland’s diversity – the Vegetarian Societies have been around for hundreds of years in Ireland and the Proclamation of the Republic was reportedly signed by seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood prior to the Easter Rising in 1916 in a Vegetarian Café, the Irish Farm Produce Café. Kirkpatrick and Faragó note that many advocates of Irish nationalism, feminism and animal advocacy also championed the cause of vegetarianism. You may have heard of the great Irish writer, George Bernard Shaw who said that “[w]hile we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?” Shaw, incidentally, was the only person to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as an Oscar. More recently, great cultural icons such as Sharon Shannon is vegan and a passionate advocate for animal rights, to name but a very few. Why was your broadcast not balanced with such examples? You are required to pay heed to balance under the governing legislation but you do not appear to be aware of it, leaving you open to liabilities in this regard.

I will not take up the many false claims about nutrition in the programme and the skewed premise of being given nutritional advice, refusing to follow it and yet giving a negative assessment of a plant based dietary adventure of one month as there are others better placed to request you to correct the many falsehoods in your programme. You bring investigative journalism into disrepute and you really have lost a lot of respect, caused a lot of upset and wasted a lot of time which could be used otherwise on the large amount of work that non-meat eaters do in rescuing animals, campaigning against their abuse and seeking to improve the wellbeing of all creatures of the Earth. If there are members of the community deemed “cranky”, it may be because we are dealing with massive injustices and are seeking to have them redressed. If you have nothing positive to contribute to us, please deploy your negativity elsewhere – or not at all.

If you fail to take this complaint seriously and address it in a satisfactory manner, we will have to consider taking this matter further.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Maureen O’Sullivan,
Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Law,
School of Law,
National University of Ireland,

E-mail: maureen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie
Tel: +353 91 495627

Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics; Consultant Editor, Journal of Animal Ethics;
Chair, Vegetarian Society of Ireland

20 Aug, 2017

World Vegetarian Day 2017 Volunteering Opportunity

Volunteering opportunity!

Join us as a volunteer at World Vegetarian Day 2017!
Date: Sunday 1 October 2017
Time: 10am to 6pm (if you are only available for part of the day, please let us know which part)
Venue: St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse St, Dublin 2

What will it involve?

A variety of tasks such as:

  • Setting up
  • Assisting stand holders upon their arrival, e.g. showing them to their table and helping them carry their goods
  • Assisting with the manning of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland stand
  • Greeting members of the public on arrival and inviting them to make a donation
  • Answering questions from visitors throughout the day
  • Assisting invited speakers
  • Assisting with children’s activities
  • Tidying up at the end of the day

We will do our best to make sure you are doing activities you enjoy.

What are the requirements?

We are looking for people who are:

  • Over 18
  • Comfortable talking to the general public and invited guest speakers
  • Comfortable talking positively about vegetarianism and veganism
  • Available from 10am to 6pm on the day. If you are only available for part of the day, let us know which part
  • Fit and healthy, so you can assist with moving tables etc. (if you have any injuries or disabilities of relevance to volunteering, please let us know in your application)

This is an opportunity to promote vegetarianism and veganism as part of a small team at a fun event.
To apply, please email us at info@vegetarian.ie, with a few lines about yourself.

20 Aug, 2017

World Vegetarian Day 2017 Stands

  • Have A Superlife
  • Blazing Salads
  • SushiHome
  • Mke Nyumbani – Kenya Cuisine
  • Govindas
  • Chocolatey Clare
  • Marco’s Signature Coffee
  • The Body Shop
  • Skinfull Affairs Dublin
  • The Vegetarian Society of Ireland
  • Effective Altruism Ireland
  • Littlehill Animal Rescue Sanctuary
  • National Animal Rights Association
  • Alliance for Animal Rights
  • Vegan Information Project
  • Healthy Food Prep Demo by Maria Raw50
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