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General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary

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Sheila Nunan, General Secretary

Sheila Nunan is the General Secretary of the INTO. She has been a member of the Executive of the INTO since 1995 and was INTO President in 2005/2006.

A former primary school teacher and principal, Sheila is a graduate of University College Dublin and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

In 2006, Sheila was elected INTO Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer and served in that role until her election as General Secretary in 2009.

Sheila is the current president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions having been elected at the Biennial Delegate Conference in Belfast in July 2017. Prior to that in her role as Vice-Chairperson of the Public Services Committee of Congress Sheila was centrally involved in all public sector pay negotiations in recent years.

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Noel Ward, Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer

Noel Ward has been INTO Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer since Easter 2010 following his election to the position. From Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, he qualified as a teacher in St. Patrick's, Drumcondra. Noel taught in Dublin city and in Scoil Maelruain (Tallaght), and was CEC Representative from 1988 to 1995 prior to his appointment in 2002 to INTO Head Office.

In INTO Head Office, he worked from 2002 to 2010 with the Legal and Industrial Relations and Equality Section. He holds a primary degree, a H. Dip. in Education and an MA in Education from UCD.

Noel has also served on secondment in positions as a Government Programme Manager (1995-1997) and as a Project Manager with the second Public Service Benchmarking Body (2006-2007).