Branches, Districts and Staff Representatives
INTO Branches are organised into 16 Districts (see map). Each District elects one representative to each of the National Committees (with the exception of the BFC).
A District Committee is established consisting of representatives of each of the affiliated Branches in that District. The officers of the District Committee, elected at the District AGM each June, are: Cathaoirleach, Leas-Chathaoirleach, Treasurer and Secretary.
The Branch is the basic unit of the INTO. Each school is assigned to one of the Organisation's 180 branches. On joining the INTO, each member becomes a member of the branch to which her/his school is assigned.
Rule 93 states:
"Each Branch shall hold an ordinary general meeting, which shall be known as the AGM, in the month of December or January each year. It shall hold at least one other ordinary general meeting. It shall hold a special meeting at such time or times as the Branch or Branch Committee decides."
Members are urged to attend their branch meetings in order to give their views, cast their votes and actively participate in determining the policies of the Organisation.
A Branch Committee, elected at the Branch AGM, is charged with directing the business of the Branch between general meetings. Branch Officers, elected at the Branch AGM, are: Cathaoirleach, Leas-Chathaoirleach, Branch Secretary and Branch Organiser.
Staff representatives play a vital role in both the formal and informal structures of the INTO. They play an important part in the recruitment of new members. They are the face of the Organisation at school level and, as such, are a source of information, advice and guidance for members. The growth and development of the role of the staff representative must be nurtured if INTO is to respond effectively to future changes.
Branches actively support staff representatives by:
- Asking schools to confirm their staff representative each year and formally appointing them at the October meeting.
- Ensuring that training is provided to staff representatives through the District Training Officer
- Maintaining email and/or text links with staff representatives.
- Acknowledging when possible the work of staff representatives through some form of reward, such as a gift token or night out.
- Considering putting mentoring arrangements in place for new staff representatives.
- Resources to support the work of branches and staff representatives are available on the Officernet and INTO website.
- A Staff Representative’s Handbook is updated regularly on the INTO website.