The SIPTU National Executive Council (NEC) appointed Gene Mealy as the new Vice President of the union at its monthly meeting today (Thursday, 16th April) in Liberty Hall. Gene Mealy has worked as a full time SIPTU organiser for 29 years ago and has extensive experience at representing the interests of members at national and industry level across the private, public and community sectors. He has served as the SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division since 2010 and previously worked for eight years as a Regional Secretary of the Union. The appointment followed a consultation process within the union after the vice president position had become vacant due to the election of Patricia King as Irish Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary.