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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 is an official in the Conditions of Employment Section of Head Office. Prior to her appointment in head office, she taught in St Malachy’s BNS, Edenmore, Dublin 5.

Eimear holds a Bachelor of Education from Marino Institute of Education and a Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland.

She represents the INTO on the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s Youth Committee and previously served as INTO staff rep for her school.

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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.