Vote No 1 John Boyle For INTO General Secretary
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My last speech as INTO President at the closing ceremony of our 150th Congress in April 2018

Congress 2018 - Closing Ceremony - John Boyle from INTO on Vimeo.

Congress 2018 - Address by INTO President John Boyle. If elected General Secretary, I will fight tooth and nail to deliver on the key priorities outlined in this speech


Tues-Gala-Poet from INTO on Vimeo.   Absolute honour to act as master of ceremonies at the gala banquet celebrating INTOs 150th birthday

My first speech as INTO President  at INTO Congress 2017  in Belfast


Dear Teaching Colleague,

I have decided to put my name forward for the position of INTO General Secretary and would really appreciate your number one vote in the election, which will take place between October and Christmas. I really appreciated the huge support I received last year when I was elected to the position of INTO President for 2017-2018. My term of office ended at our annual congress in Killarney on 4th April. During the Presidential year, I was very busy representing the organisation and working on behalf of our members North and South. I have continued this work as Ex-President since Easter. I am very proud of our union's achievements in the last two years.

  • Twenty million euro pay restoration for new entrant teachers
  • 1750 extra teaching posts
  • Pay restoration for all teachers in the South
  • 1361 posts of responsibility re-instated from September 2017
  • Commencement of "Investment In Teaching Workforce Scheme" in the North
  • Extra administrative release days for teaching principals
  • Extra teaching hours for Gaeltacht schools
  • Historically lowest class sizes

 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.   I have been in a position to spend a considerable amount of time at Head Office, meeting officials, national committee members and members of our various sub-committees. I have also been weIl placed to do live interviews in broadcast studios. I have strived to represent you to the best of my ability as a member of INTOs senior leadership team and met as many members as possible during my tenure. I feel that I kept my promise that I would work tirelessly to ensure that every INTO member had more pay, higher morale and lighter workload by the end of my term of office. I loved the work so much that i now want to dedicate myself to representing Irish teachers on a full time basis in the years ahead. i would be deligted if you chose to join my campaign team for the election of our next General Secretary.

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 worker who will get up and stand up for your rights.
  • A determined individual 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 fifteen years, as Vice-President, President and now Ex-President.
  • 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 was no longer prepared to be a scapegoat for the sins of speculators, so fought to restore pay.
  • A seasoned campaigner, who has championed the cause of teachers for 32 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 53 year old, who was 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 43,000 teachers he represented, because as far as he is concerned the best moment he spends is the one he invests in people.
  • A committed educationalist, who fought 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 fights 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 generated positive press for the profession, restored teacher autonomy, ring-fenced teachers’ contracts and who has repositioned the role of teachers in Irish society.


My Priorities

I'll be working hard on your behalf on the key issues.

View my key campaign priorities.

TV, Radio & Print

I've been active on national and local media working on behalf of the INTO.

View my media work here.


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