Ten Months of Voluntary Work For INTO Members
This diary does not include work completed as principal teacher of one of Ireland’s largest primary schools!
John travelled 30,000 km carrying out Vice-Presidential duties between April 2016 & January 2017.
- He met nearly 10,000 INTO members
- He chaired meetings of the CEC and of INTO Sub-Committees including the INTO Pay Equality Project Team.
- He addressed INTO Pay Equality Meetings.
- He represented INTO at retirement Functions in all four provinces.
- He visited INTO Face to Face Summer Courses
- He continued to serve on committees of Comhar Linn Credit Union and of Club na Muinteoiri
- He met and supported members from Special Schools and Community National Schools.
- He conducted numerous media interviews on a variety of education topics including Staffing, Special Education, Muineadh na Gaeilge, School admissions, school Funding and in particular on the Pay Equality issue.
- He led training sessions for INTO Lobbyists in Drogheda, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick.
- He attended and addressed District & Branch Officer Training Events
- He negotiated on behalf of members with the Department of Education, with Managerial Authorities and with the Teaching Council.
- He lobbied many TDs and Senators regarding Pay Equality for New Entrant Teachers.
- John has brought energy, ideas, direction, dícheall agus dúthracht to the INTO Vice-Presidency. He intends to continue working diligently and smartly for members for the remainder of his term of office.
As Vice-President elect conducted numerous newspaper, radio and television interviews in the lead up to and during Annual Congress
30th Inaugurated as INTO Vice-President at closing ceremony of INTO Congress in Wexford
31st Interviews with Raidio na Gaeltachta and with various local radio stations and regional newspapers
2nd : Live Newstalk panel discussion on Effects of Homelessness on Children's Mental Health
4th Represent INTO at funeral in Belfast
5th: Chair meeting of primary teachers newly elected to Teaching Council in Portlaoise
7th: Attend monthly meeting of Comhar Linn Board
8th: Branch Dinner Craobh Chualann
11th: Address meeting of 200 Recently Qualified Teachers in Dublin
14th: Attend AGM Club na Muinteoiri
15th: Attend Retirement Function in Headford
16th: Meet members of INTO Equality Committee, Education Committee and Principals' & Deputy Principals' Committee in Sligo
18th: Chair review meeting of schools involved in Pilot Scheme for Revised SEN Model
19th: Meet Thomas Byrne T.D. with newly qualified teachers at Leinster House
20th Address meeting on Pay Equality in Limerick
21st Attend CEC meeting and address meeting of Montessori trained Special Education Teachers
22nd Attend CEC Meeting
24th Attend 'Laochra' - GAA 1916 Commemoration
25th Newstalk Breakfast Interview - I called for multi-annual approach to class size reductions. Interview carried on 17 local radio stations and national newspapers
27th Meeting of INTO Pay Equality Project Team
28th Board Meeting Comhar Linn Credit Union
30th Limerick Leader Story " Equal Pay Case Fir Young Teachers" featuring my speech at Limerick Pay Equality Meeting.
9th INTO Branch Meetings Tubercurry and Ballymote
11th Present Show Racism The Red Card Award
12th Comhar Linn Board Training Event
18th District VIII Retirement Function
19th Newstalk Breakfast Interview on Primary School Funding. Featured on news headlines of 6 other local radio stations & Attend Central Executive Committee Meeting
20th Chair CEC Meeting in Dublin and attend Retirement Functions Letterkenny & Bundoran
23rd Alumni Meeting Directors of DCU/St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra
24th Chair Meeting of Members in Community National Schools & attend South County Dublin Branch
26th ICTU Youth Committee Training Event Dublin6 other local radio stations.
27th Tallaght Branch Dinner
28th Panel discussion Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaiochta - Raidio Na Gaeltachta
1st Craobh Dhun Laoghaire Dinner
7th Represented INTO at funeral of member in Drogheda
8th Meeting of Pay Equality Project Team
9th Retirement Function Fermoy
10th Meeting at Department of Education & Skills, Athlone
15th Raidio na Gaeltachts interview on Extra Special Needs Assistants.
Presentations to TDS and Senators on Pay Equality at Leinster House
16th CEC Meeting
17th CEC Meeting and Farewell Dinner for Ex-President
20th Commemoration of First World War Veteran & Former member of CEC followed by District VIII AGM Aughrim, Co. Wicklow covered in Evening Echo and Wicklow Times
24th Vere Foster Lecture, Belfast
30th Represent INTO at member's funeral in Cork
1st Meeting regarding Community National Schools at ETBI, Naas
4th Visit INTO Summer Courses South Dublin
5th Visit INTO Summer Courses North Dublin
6th Nuacht TG4 and RTE News Interview on School Admissions Bill. I called for Minister to meet INTO as much clarity is needed for September.
7th Visit INTO Summer Course West Clare
8th Visit INTO Summer School, Dun Chaoin
11th Meeting of CEC Standing Committee 1
14th Comhar Linn Board Meeting
While on holiday in Italy, I was in regular contact with Head Office and assisted numerous members who had queries or concerns while INTO Office was closed for annual holidays.
7th INTO Mini-Sevens Meet Players, Parents and Teachers at Croke Park
14th INTO Mini-Sevens at Croke Park
21st INTO Mini-Sevens at Croke Park
25th CEC Meeting
26th CEC Meeting
28th INTO Mini-Sevens at Croke Park
29th Represent INTO at funeral
4th Meet INTO Mini-Sevens Participants and represent INTO at All-Ireland Hurling Final
5th Chair INTO Lobby Training Kilkenny
6th Chair INTO Lobby training Drogheda
7th Chair INTO Lobby training Cork
8th Chair INTO Lobby training Limerick
17th Branch & District Officers Conference
18th INTO Mini-Sevens at All-Ireland Football Final
20th INTO Pay Equality Project Team Meeting
22nd Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union Board Meeting
24th Speak at Commemoration Event - Peadar O Donnell Former Donegal INTO Secretary & Former Principal of Aphort N.S.
29th National Lobbying Day & tyrone Central Branch Meeting
30th CEC Meeting & Equality Conference
1st Chairing Equality Conference
3rd Address Branch Meetings in Kilmallock, Fermoy and East Cavan
4th Address Branch Meetings in Abbeyfeale and Tralee
5th Address Branch Meetings in Millstreet and Killorglin
6th Address Branch Meetings in Cahir, Athlone and Carrickonshannon
7th Attend Officer Training in Ballincollig
10th Address Branch Meetings Midleton & Killarney
11th Address Branch Meetings Enniscorthy, Naas & Tipperary Town
12th Address Branch Meetings Roscommon, Ennis & Moylough
13th Address Branch Meetings Newbridge & Dun Laoghaire
14th Retirement Function Mitchelstown Branch
17th Address Branch Meetings Dublin City South East & Dundalk
18th Address Branch Meetings Dublin West, Portlaoise, South County Dublin & Drogheda
19th Address Branch Meetings Carlow and Castlebar
27th Attend Pay Equality Rally & Address Newry Branch Meeting
7th Mass for deceased members Club na Múinteoirí
8th Address Strabane Branch Meeting and District 14 Committe
9th Branch and District Officers Training Enfield
10th Mortgage Advisory Seminar Club na Múinteoirí
11th Comhdhail Gaelscoileanna agus Scoileanna Gaeltachta, Cill Choinnigh
12th INTO President's Dinner, Kingscourt
16th CEC Meeting Tullamore
17th Education Conference Tullamore
18th AGM Separated Teachers
21st Address Principals & Deputy Principals Fora in Leopardstown and Templeogue
22nd Address District VIII Meeting, Attend Supplementary Panel Meeting and Represent INTO at DCU Celebrating Successful Completion of Incorporation.
24th Present two Vere Foster Medals at Hibernia College Graduations. attend Mallow Branch Retirement Function.
25th Attend Limerick City Branch Retirement Function.
26th Address District III Committee Meeting in Donegal and Attend Re-union of St. Pat's Class of 1986.
28th Attend Tallaght/Blessington Principals' & Deputy Principals Forum and Address District IX Committee Meeting in Dublin.
29th Address East-Wicklow Principals & Deputy Principals Forum and District V Committee Meeting in Castleblayney.
30th Conduct Interviews for INTO Senior Official, Meet an INTO member to offer support and participate in Teaching Council Consultation on Montessori Trained Teachers.
1st Address District XI Committee in Thurles and District VII Committee in Mullingar
3rd Address District II Committee in Ballygawley and Attend Comhar Linn Credit Union AGM
5th Launch Presidential Campaign Knocklyon
6th Chair AGM of Ballyboden Wanderers GAA Club
7th Presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee re Sustanability of Rural Ireland & Address District X Meeting in Carlow
8th Deliver CEC Report at District Committee IV Meeting in Ballina
9th Attend CEC Meeting
12th Attend District Committee XVI Meeting in Cork
13th Meet members regarding Teacher-Exchange & Attend District Committee VI Meeting in Claregalway
14th Attend District Committee I Meeting in Antrim
15th Attend District Committee XV Meeting in Dublin
17th Attend District Committee XIII Meeting in Listowel
28th Donegal launch of INTO Presidential Campaign
6th CEC Meeting
9th Cookstown AGM
10th Newry AGM
11th Belfast West & Kells AGMs
12th Kilmallock, Fermoy and Thurles AGMs
14th Officers Conference
16th Kinsale, Midleton & Cahir AGMs
17th Enniscorthy, Edenderry & South County Dublin AGMs
18th Mountbellew/Moylough, Castlebar & Craobh Darach AGMs
19th Gorey & Limerick East AGMs
20th Strabane & Ballybay AGMs. Judge Cumann na mBunscol Annual Awards
23rd Dublin North East, Dublin City South East, Dublin North County, Craobh Chualann & Dublin North City AGMs
24th Dublin North Bay, Dublin West, West Liffey & Dublin North West AGMs
25th Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Dun Laoghaire AGMs
26th Dublin South West, Dublin Tolka, Longford AGMs
27th IPPN Conference, Cultural Event Kildare Place N.S. & Gort AGM
30th Waterford City and Galway AGMs
31st Mitchelstown & Cork City South East AGMs
1st Nenagh AGM
2nd Funeral of INTO member
6th Address Public Meeting St. Finian's N.S. Waterville
9th CEC Meeting and INTO Bursary Presentations
10th CEC Meeting & Aileach Branch Retirement Function
11th Special Education Conference
13th Book Launch
15th INTO Mortgage Advice Seminar
16th Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union Board Meeting
17th Represent INTO at DCU Alumni Awards
24th Represent INTO at St. Colmcille's Winter School, Gartan, Co. Donegal
25th St. Colmcille's winter School
27th Shortlisting for INTO Officials and Teachers' Club Committee
28th Interview with Anseo.net
1st Principal's Seminar, Wexford
3rd Northern Conference, Slieve Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down& CPSMA AGM Dublin
4th Northern Conference
6th RTAI Social event
7th Represent INTO at funeral
8th Principal's Seminar Ennis
10th CEC & Cumann na mBunscol Awards
13th Interviewing for staff at INTO
14th Interviewing for staff at INTO
17th Attend All-Ireland Club Hurling & Football Finals
21st Lead INTO delegation to Oireachtas Education Committee
23rd IPPN Deputy Principals' Conference
24th INTO Youth Conference
26th INTO Youth Conference