Aosdána is self-regulated through the Toscaireacht, a committee of ten members or Toscairí, who are elected by the membership for a two-year term. The Toscaireacht meets a number of times per year to oversee the administration of Aosdána, to liaise with external bodies on its behalf, and to set the agenda for the annual General Assembly, taking into account members’ requests to have items included. A new Toscaireacht was elected in February 2016.
Every member of Aosdána is eligible to serve as a member on this committee. Nominations for the Toscaireacht must be made in writing by three members, and are then subject to two counts: the first to select the two highest polling representatives from each discipline, the second for the remaining four places, from any or every discipline. Nominees not elected in the first count will automatically qualify for the second.
The proceedings of meetings of the Toscairí are covered by Standing Orders (available from the Aosdána secretariat) and the minutes of its meetings are published regularly on the website. The Toscaireacht makes a report of its proceedings to every General Assembly.
From time to time, the Toscaireacht shall nominate one of its members to have a particular role, for example to act as the contact person for Aosdána between meetings of the Toscairí.
The current Toscairí are:
Seoirse Bodley (Music); Rhona Clarke (Music); Mary Fitzgerald (Visual Arts); Michael Holohan (Music); Brian Lynch (Literature); Thomas McCarthy (Literature); Shelley McNamara (Architecture); Eilís Ní Dhuibhne (Literature).
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