Deirbhile Nic Craith, Director of Education & Research
Deirbhile taught in St. Attracta’s JNS, Dublin 16, prior to being appointed director of Gaelscoileanna in 1988.
She was appointed as an Official in the Education Section of INTO Head Office in 1992 and subsequently also served as INTO Equality Officer and as secretary to the INTO Equality Committee.
Deirbhile is now Director of Education & Research and secretary to the INTO Education Committee. Her remit includes education issues and policy, including curriculum and assessment, special education, social inclusion, early childhood education and Gaeilge.
She represents the INTO on many external education bodies including the Council of the NCCA, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta and the National Council for Special Education.
In addition to a BEd, Deirbhile holds a Masters and PhD in education from University College Dublin.
Deirdre O’Connor, Assistant General Secretary
Deirdre currently heads the Conditions of Employment Section in INTO Head Office. Since her appointment to INTO Head Office in 2002, she has worked in various areas of the Organisation including Professional Development, Legal & Industrial Relations, Special Education and co-ordination of INTO Trade Union Training. She served as Equality Officer from 2010 to 2014.
Deirdre taught in St. Mary’s BNS, Monaghan for 13 years, and spent three years working with the Primary Curriculum Support Programme from 1999 to 2002.
She has been involved in INTO since the beginning of her career, including acting as staff representative, Branch Secretary and Staff Representative Tutor.
She holds an MSc in Education Management (UUJ, 2002) and a Diploma in Employment Law (Law Society, 2011). She currently a member of the Teaching Council and the Executive Committee of the ICTU.
David O’Sullivan, Assistant General Secretary
A native of Birr, Co Offaly, David currently heads the Legal Industrial and Leadership Section in Head Office. Since his appointment to Head Office in 2013, he served as an Official in the Conditions of Employment section and as Senior Official in the Legal Industrial and Leadership Section.
He has previously been involved in the structures of the INTO at branch, district and national level. He has served as District IX secretary, organiser in Dublin West branch and as a representative on the Equality Committee for District IX.
David taught in Scoil na Mainistreach, Celbridge, Co. Kildare for 12 years. He was a special duties post holder and served as teachers’ representative on the board of management..
David’s qualifications include a B.Ed (UL, 1999), Graduate Diploma in Primary School Language Teaching – German (ITB, 2004), M.A. (ITB,2007), Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (NUIM, 2010), Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law (Kings Inns, 2017) and an Advanced Diploma in Law and Education (Kings Inns, 2018).