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General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary

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Sheila Nunan, General Secretary

Sheila Nunan has been General Secretary of the INTO since 2009. Prior to that, Sheila was INTO Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer.

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.

Sheila is the current president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She is also Vice-Chairperson of the Public Services Committee of ICTU. In that role Sheila has been centrally involved in all public sector pay negotiations in recent years.

Sheila is the ICTU nominee on the Governing Authority of Maynooth University.

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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).