Joe Killeen: New president of the INTO

The new president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is Joe Killeen, principal teacher in Lough Cutra NS Gort, Co. Galway. He replaces John Boyle who stepped down as the union’s president today.

Joe Killeen is from Corofin, Co Clare and began his teaching career at Kiltrusten NS, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Since 1987 he has been principal of Lough Cutra NS in Gort, Co. Galway.

He became INTO Gort Branch Secretary in 1987. In 2008 he was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the union to represent Galway and Roscommon (INTO District 6).

As an INTO Executive member Joe represented District 6 on the Small Schools Task Force set up in 2012 to advise the Central Executive Committee on opposing proposals by the Department of Education and Skills to close small schools.

Joe is also actively involved in a range of community, rural, cultural and sporting organisations.