Mullaghduff man elected to lead Irish National Teachers

John Boyle has been elected to succeed Sheila Nunan as General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation in 2019.

Ms Nunan announced her intention to step down from the position in September, triggering an election for a successor. Three candidates were nominated by INTO branches to contest the election which took place between November 26 and December 17.

18,147 members of the union cast a ballot in the election with John winning (9,542) 52.6% of the vote on the first count. Deirdre O’Connor secured (3,493) 19.3% of the vote and Alison Gilliland received (5,112) 28.2% of the vote.


It is anticipated that Mr Boyle will take up office as General Secretary Designate in March 2019 and will take over as General Secretary in 2019.

INTO General Secretary Designate Elect John Boyle said he has a clear vision for the INTO over the next decade.

“We must be bold and ambitious in demanding the level of investment in education, North and South, that will remove the inequities that currently exist and give every teacher and pupil the room to bloom. We must grow in membership and influence, strengthening ties with sister unions and professional organisations and delivering additional services to members.

“I am humbled and immensely grateful to have received the support of so many members. Whether you voted for me, or one of the other fine candidates in this election, I will be your General Secretary. I intend to be a leader that brings members together and holds Government to account.”

John Boyle was born in Mullaghduff and now lives with his wife Carmel in Templeogue, Dublin. He has been an INTO activist for over 30 years. He was a staff representative branch and district chairperson and has served on the Central Executive Committee since 2004 representing members in 300 Wicklow and South Dublin schools. John was elected to the position of INTO President for 2017-18.

A Principal teacher in St. Colmcille’s J.N.S. Knocklyon since 2000, Mr Boyle was a Class teacher and Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator in Scoil Mhuire, Ballyboden  from 1986-2000



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