Vaidas Varinauskas; David Ryan; Mary Clarke; David Harris; Darren McCourt; Seamus Rogers; Peter Cowan; Catherine Gallagher; Andrew Norris; Dermot Murnane; Niamh Boyle; Michael Freedman; Sharif Nayyar; Andrew Bolas; Fintan Hourihan; Gary Leonard; Antal Roka; Mary Collins; and, Justin Maloney.

The officers, management committee and all who attended the inaugural meeting of the Irish Association of Oral Surgery, which met recently in IDA House. From left: Vaidas Varinauskas; David Ryan; Mary Clarke; David Harris; Darren McCourt; Seamus Rogers; Peter Cowan; Catherine Gallagher; Andrew Norris; Dermot Murnane; Niamh Boyle; Michael Freedman; Sharif Nayyar; Andrew Bolas; Fintan Hourihan; Gary Leonard; Antal Roka; Mary Collins; and, Justin Maloney.

The Irish Association of Oral Surgery (IAOS) recently held a hugely successful inaugural AGM in IDA House. Open to all surgeons on the Register of Dental Specialists, Division of Oral Surgery held by the Dental Council, the AGM was very well attended.

The Association aims to promote dentistry and in particular the specialty of oral surgery. With the help of the IDA and IDU it hopes to represent the interests of its members and their patients in discussions with Government bodies and insurance companies, and to encourage undergraduate and postgraduate training and professional development in the field of oral surgery.

Congratulations are due to all those who attended the AGM and adopted the constitution. Drs Michael Freeman and Seamus Rogers were most deserving of their respective elections as Secretary and Treasurer. Congratulations also to the newly elected non-officer committee. Drs Andrew Bolas, Darren McCourt, Niamh Boyle and Sharif Nayyar are all very accomplished and have a great wealth of experience to call upon. The election of Dr Peter Cowan and Mr David Ryan as Trustees of the Association speaks volumes of the calibre of the IAOS membership. Mr Fintan Hourihan, as Chief Executive of the Irish Dental Association, had already made an invaluable contribution to the setting up of the Association. The IAOS will benefit hugely from his election as another of the Trustees. On a personal note, I am of course delighted and greatly honoured to have been elected President of the Association. With the support of the membership, officers, committee members, trustees, and the broader dental community, I am sure we will make great progress.

Just as all boats rise on the incoming tide, we can all benefit from co-operation and unity of representation, and thus help shape the future of not only oral surgery, but dentistry in Ireland. Carpe diem!

Andrew Norris

Andrew Norris, newly elected President of the Association.

Dr Andrew Norris