With two referendums* due to take place on 8 March, IPERN (Irish Paramedicine Education & Research Network) has deferred this year’s Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick Award ceremony until Wednesday 1 May, with the deadline for nominations now extended until 15 February.
However, the IPERN Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group plans to announce the award finalists on 8 March, to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The 2024 award will again be hosted by IPERN to both honour the memory of the Irish Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue pilot and to celebrate inspirational women working in full-time or volunteer roles in the Irish pre-hospital setting and the emergency services community.
Nominations are welcome for women working in either full-time or voluntary roles who have distinguished themselves during their career, or during a particular call-out or event. Last year’s nominees will not be precluded from being nominated again for 2024.
On International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023, IPERN hosted the inaugural Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick Award, and the IPERN Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Special Interest Group, led by Grainne O’Shea and the Fitzpatrick family, were overwhelmed by the response to the call for nominations.
Click here to read more about last year’s five finalists, with details about the award winner Frances Griffin via this link. The NAS paramedic was one of the first responders at the scene of the explosion in her native Creeslough, Co Donegal in October 2022.
If you feel that you would be a suitable candidate or if you would like to nominate a colleague who is working in full-time or volunteer roles, IPERN strongly encourages you to get in touch.
*Two referendums are taking place on Friday 8 March, when Irish citizens will have an opportunity to vote on two proposed changes to amend Article 41 of the Constitution, concerning family and care.