CIGA

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In the 1970s CGI expressed a wish to become members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. At that time membership of WAGGGS for Ireland was held by the Irish Girl Guides. So, with assistance from the World Board, The Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland, began working towards coming together. In December 1992 it was agreed to establish Comhairle Bantreoraithe na hEireann or Council of Irish Guiding Associations.

In July 1993 at the 28th World Conference held in Denmark, the Council of Irish Guiding Associations was ratified as a full member of WAGGGS and was recognised as continuing the Full Membership first gained by the Irish Girl Guides in 1932. The Council consists of the Catholic Guides of Ireland on behalf of their members who reside in the Republic of Ireland and the Irish Girl Guides.

The aims and objectives of CIGA are to:

Enable membership of WAGGGS to be held by the Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland on behalf of their members resident in the Republic of Ireland
Promote and further the objects of the World Association as expressed in Article 111 of the Constitution and Bye-Laws of WAGGGS
Encourage strong dialogue and close cooperation amongst the family of Guiding in the whole of Ireland
Facilitate participation at international events and activities
Work towards a single movement

The CIGA logo represents the interlinking of the two Guiding Associations and the sharing and cooperation that is taking place.

The CIGA Committee consists of four members of CGI and four members of IGG, with two members of CGI resident in Northern Ireland as observers and two members of Girlguiding Ulster as visitors. The Chairmanship of the Committee rotates biennially between the two Associations, each of which nominates either the Secretary or the Treasurer. The Committee meets on a regular basis. It promotes joint activities and work between the two Associations and encourages strong dialogue amongst the family of Guiding in the whole of Ireland.

In 1999 CIGA hosted the WAGGGS World Conference illustrating the close ties between the two Associations.