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Zita Bolton, Official

Zita joined Head Office in 1982. She worked in the General Secretary’s office in various roles over a 17-year period. During that time she undertook her BSc in Social Science with the Open University.

In 1999, Zita was appointed to the position of Official within the General Secretary’s office dealing with member queries and a range of projects. She took a career break in 2003 and returned in 2005 to work in the General Treasurer’s office where her main remits were the development of Benefits and Services for members, the management of Organisation records and archives and assisting with INTO campaigns.

Zita again moved to the General Secretary’s office when Sheila Nunan took up the position of General Secretary. She works closely with Sheila and with the CEC.

Zita has managed the following projects over the last number of years: the Census of Membership, the introduction of the INTO Membership Card, the Participation Sub-Committee and organization of the first ever INTO Youth Conference, the revision of the 2004 Rules and Constitution, the Branch Size Rule Change, the Task Force on Participation, Head Office Review, the Task Force on Teacher Employment and the Task Force on Small Schools.

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Lori Kealy, Official
Lori serves in the Communications Section in INTO Head Office. She acts as Assistant Editor for the INTO magazine, InTouch, and is also involved in the development of the INTO website, conference apps and electronic communications. She is involved in the development and production of a wide range of INTO publications on an ongoing basis.

Lori joined the INTO in 1986 and has previously served in the Equality and Press sections of Head Office.

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Niamh Cooper, Official
Niamh was appointed as an Official in INTO Head Office in April 2015. A qualified post- primary teacher from Dublin, Niamh has worked in INTO Head Office since 2003 in the Legal, Industrial Relations and Leadership Section. There she dealt directly with member queries on a wide range of legal and industrial relations issues. She is currently shared on an equal basis between the Legal, Industrial Relations and Leadership Section and the Conditions of Employment Section, where she deals also with school accommodation issues. She has a Diploma in Employment Law and a Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Elizabeth-Ann Kirwan, Official

Elizabeth-Ann is working in the Legal, Industrial Relations and Leadership section of INTO. A native of Dublin she was appointed to the position of Official in INTO Head Office in September 2015.

Prior to this appointment, in September 2014, Elizabeth-Ann took up a position as INTO Intern and before that she was teaching in Scoil Naomh Lúcáis NS in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.

Elizabeth-Ann has been active in the INTO since her NQT year in 2010. She was a member of the Blanchardstown Branch in District XV and served on the Blanchardstown Branch Committee for two years prior to taking up her position as INTO Intern in 2014.

She is a graduate of UCD, DIT and St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She holds a postgraduate Diploma in Education from St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra in 2010 and a postgraduate Diploma in Law from DIT in 2008. Prior to that she was awarded a MA in European Politics from UCD in 2006 and a BA International from UCD in 2005.

Elizabeth-Ann was brought up bilingually. She has studied Gaeilge, French and Italian at university and has lived, studied and worked in France and Italy.

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Maeve McCafferty, Official

Maeve is an official in the Education and Research Section of Head Office.

From Termon, Co Donegal, Maeve studied Arts at NUI Galway where she received a BA in Irish and Geography. Following this she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies also at NUI Galway. Maeve then worked for six months in a two-teacher Gaeltacht school in Glasán, Co Donegal, before pursuing her H Dip in Primary Education at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, graduating in 2004.

Following graduation, Maeve worked as an assistant principal in a two-teacher school in Kilmurry, Co Roscommon, and was an active member of the INTO both locally and nationally.

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Eimear Allen, Official
Eimear has been appointed to the Conditions of Employment Section of Head Office. Eimear, from Navan (Co Meath), graduated from Marino Institute of Education in 2010 with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. Since graduating, she taught in St Malachy’s BNS, Edenmore. Eimear worked as a reading recovery teacher, and her previous roles have included language support, mainstream, and learning support teacher. Eimear has always had a strong interest in trade union affairs and has been active in the INTO since her appointment as a teacher.

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Síne Friel, Official
Síne has been appointed to the Conditions of Employment Section of Head Office. Síne received a B.Ed from St Patrick’s College (Drumcondra) and an M.Ed from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). She taught in Letterkenny Educate Together NS, Letterkenny. In addition to being INTO staff representative in her school, Síne was media coordinator for the Letterkenny Branch, a delegate to district meetings and a member of the local INTO lobbying team. Síne enjoys writing and has had a short play performed in Cork Arts Theatre.

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Maria McHenry, Official

Maria is an Official in the Legal and Industrial Relations Section.

Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (UCD) in 2009 and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law (Honourable Society of King’s Inns) in 2011.

In addition, Maria has a Diploma in Education Law (Law Society of Ireland) and a Professional Certificate in Ombudsman and Complaints Handling Practice (Queen Margaret University).

Maria spent seven years carrying out quasi-judicial statutory examinations and investigations of complaints relating to education on behalf of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.

In addition to teaching experience at both a primary and post-primary level, Maria has served successive terms on Boards of Management. Maria has extensive experience working with schools and has a strong commitment to education.