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Dear Teaching Colleague,
I wish to thank most sincerely all of you who voted for me in the INTO Presidential election. My 12,381 votes represent a sizable majority of INTO members who voted. I am very honoured to have been elected as the 149th INTO president. During the next year I intend to use this website to keep you up to date on the work I'm doing on your behalf. Since I assumed the responsibility of Vice-President at Easter 2016, I have been busy representing the organisation and working on behalf of our members North and South. I am very proud of our union's achievements in the last 10 months.

  • Twenty million euro pay restoration for new entrant teachers
  • 1000 extra teaching posts for special education, small rural schools and for Gaeltacht schools
  • Fast-tracked pay restoration for all teachers in the South
  • 1000 + posts of responsibility re-instated from September 2017
  • Commencement of "Investment In Teaching Workforce Scheme" in the North

Most of my work has been done after I finish my day's work at St. Colmcille's Junior National School. I have also managed to pack a lot of INTO work into weekends and holiday periods. It has been a great privilege to serve you. I have really enjoyed meeting thousands of teachers all over the country. The meetings with Patron bodies and with Department of Education officials have been very worthwhile. I have particularly enjoyed being a strong advocate for new entrant teachers, for special education teachers and for school leaders. I've also done my utmost to champion our cause in the media. I believe that it's crucial to gain positive press for our profession, so I've articulated the voice of INTO on a weekly basis in different fora - print media, television, radio and social media. The discource with politicians and with members of the Teaching Council has also been very interesting.  As I'm based in Dublin, I have been in a position to spend a considerable amount of my 'free time' at Head Office, meeting officials, national committee members and members of our various sub-committees. I'm also weIl placed to do live interviews in broadcast studios or indeed at our school, as the need arises. I intend to continue representing you to the best of my ability between now and Easter 2018 and look forward to meeting as many members as possible in the coming months. I promise that I will work tirelessly to ensure that every INTO member has more pay,  higher morale and lighter workload by the end of my tenure in 2018.

Ní neart go cur le chéile. 

Yours faithfully,
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What John Boyle gives you and the INTO:

By John Boyle Monday, 25th July 2016 | 1 comments
  • A tireless Vice-President who will get up and stand up for your rights.
  • A determined Vice-President with no political affiliations, who has given undivided attention to teaching and to the INTO all through his career and has very effectively represented teachers in rural and urban schools on the Central Executive Committee for the last twelve years.
  • A spirited spokesperson, who has built up a strong reputation for articulating the concerns of colleagues and for resolutely defending teachers on television, radio and in the print media.
  • A typical teacher, who has, like you, thanklessly transformed the education system, experienced the pain of pay cuts and education cuts in recent years and who is no longer prepared to be a scapegoat for the sins of speculators.
  • A seasoned campaigner, who has championed the cause of teachers for 30 years, who fervently fights attacks on teachers’ conditions, who will continue to demand higher investment in education and who has a winning mentality.
  • An influential INTO activist, who never fears to negotiate and has successfully represented teachers at the highest level in fruitful engagements with Managerial Authorities, Parents’ Representatives and Ministers for Education & Skills.
  • A diligent community, educational and trade union leader, born in Donegal in the 60s, who attended a small Gaeltacht school in the 70s, was a student organiser at St. Patrick’s College in the 80s, taught and worked in a disadvantaged community in the 90s, led one of Ireland’s largest schools in the ‘noughties’ and, therefore, has a great understanding and appreciation of the work of class teachers, resource teachers and principal teachers.
  • An energetic 52 year old, who is prepared to be seconded from the school principalship he loves  in order to give his all, for a year as a full-time servant to the 38,000 teachers he will represent, because as far as he is concerned the best moment he spends is the one he invests in people.
  • A committed educationalist, who will fight tooth and nail for teachers : for equal and better salaries, extra jobs, secure pensions, rewards for professional development, improved promotional opportunities and proper remuneration for school leaders.
  • A passionate protagonist, who will fight for small schools, class teachers, special education, school leadership and educational disadvantage; who will improve school accommodation, inservice training, substitution services, probation and induction processes,better redeployment rights and who will seek the restoration of allowances, as well as continuing the modernisation of members’ services, communication systems and trade union training.
  • An INTO leader, who will generate positive press for the profession, restore teacher autonomy, ring-fence teachers’ contracts and who will reposition the role of teachers in Irish society.


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