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John Boyle is the only serving teacher running for INTO General Secretary. He has been an INTO activist for over 30 years.

John Boyle was born in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 1964. He is the eldest in a family of nine, four of whom are teachers. He now lives in Templeogue, Dublin with his wife Carmel.

Standing up for Teachers

John Boyle has been an INTO activist for over 30 years. He was a staff representative Branch and District Cathaoirleach, and has served on the Central Executive Committee since 2004. John became INTO Vice-President at Easter 2016 and was elected President in April 2017. His eventful term of office ended at the 150th INTO Congress in Killarney on 4th April 2018.


Teaching Career

St. Colmcille’s J.N.S. Knocklyon, 2000 – date
As principal teacher of one of Ireland’s largest schools, John has led a staff of 65 in the delivery of excellent early years education, and has spearheaded the school community’s campaign for a new school building which opened in 2014.

Scoil Mhuire Ballyboden, 1986-2000
As teacher and Home-School Liaison Co-ordinator in this DEIS 1 school, John played a significant part in the improvement of Special Education provision, ICT facilities, school environment and sports grounds.


  • As a teenager active at local level, was involved in the establishment of Donegal Airport, Cruit Island Golf Club and Ionad Pobail Mhullachdubh.
  • Founding Chairperson of Youth Enrichment Whitechurch (YEW) – a Dept. of Justice intervention scheme.
  • Chairperson Ballyboden Family Resource Centre.
  • Rainbows Facilitator.
  • South Dublin County Council Person of the Year award for voluntary work in disadvantaged community.

Sports and Social

  • Committee member Donegal Association (Dublin)
  • Committee member South Dublin Sports Partnership
  • Committee member Club na Múinteoirí
  • Chairman Board Oversight Committee Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union
  • Former Secretary of three GAA clubs – Naomh Mhuire (Donegal), Erin’s Hope and Wanderers (Dublin)
  • Cathaoirleach Cumann na mBunscol Átha Cliaith
  • P.R.O. Mullaghduff Fife and Drum Band

Trade Union Track Record

National Office 2004 to date:

  • Central Executive Committee representing District VIII 2004-2016
  • Served on following sub-committees:
    Pay Equality Project Team; Employment Task Force
    Participation Committee; Rules Committee
    Special Education
    School Buildings
    School Inspection
  • Represented INTO on NCCA ICT Committee, Education Committee of Inclusion Ireland
  • Vice-President INTO 2016-2017
  • President INTO 2017-18
  • Ex-President INTO 2018-19

Local INTO involvement 1986 – 2004:

  • Staff representative and Congress delegate
  • Cathaoirleach South County Dublin
  • Media Co-ordinator District VIII
  • Cathaoirleach District VIII
  • Relevant Representation
  • Member of Steering Committee National Pilot Project for Teacher Induction (NPPTI)
  • Member of ICT Steering Committee National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
  • Member of INTO deputations to meetings with School Managerial Authorities, Dept. of Education and Science and Minister for Education and Science
  • Member of INTO Subcommittees on School Discipline, Trade Union Training, School Leadership, School Buildings, Professional Development, Rules, Probation and Induction
  • Delegate to ICTU Conferences


  • Regularly represents INTO viewpoint in national and regional newspapers.
  • Conducted numerous television and radio interviews on education issues.
  • Featured in INTO digital video productions.

Work / Life Balance

  • Friend of Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
  • Member of Amnesty International
  • Member of F.A.I., I.R.F.U. and Donegal G.A.A. supporters clubs
  • Member of Mullaghduff Senior Fife and Drum Band
  • Interested in Sports, The Arts, Travel, Cooking, Current Affairs, History and all things Irish.