Officials

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.

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.

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.

Claire Garvey, Official

Claire Garvey is an official in the General Secretary’s Office.  A native of Cork, Claire has worked in INTO Head Office since 1997, initially in the Professional Development Unit (now INTO Learning), and latterly in the Education and Research Section. She has worked closely with the Education Committee, co-ordinating research, the organisation of the annual Education Conference and the biennial Special Education Conference. She has also co-ordinated the publication of the Irish Teachers’ Journal. Claire holds a BA in European Studies (UL) and a Masters in European Social Policy Analysis (NUI Maynooth).

Elizabeth-Ann Kirwan, Official

Elizabeth-Ann is working in the LIR section of INTO. She was appointed as an Official in INTO Head Office in September 2015, following an INTO Internship in 2014-15. Prior to that she taught in St Lukes NS, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15. Elizabeth-Ann was an active member of Blanchardstown Branch (District XV) and served on Branch Committee for two years prior to joining Head Office in 2014. She is a graduate of UCD, DIT and St Patrick’s College. She holds an LLB, a PG Diploma in Education, an MA and a BA. Elizabeth-Ann was raised bilingually and has taught and studied in France and Italy.

Ashling Lynch, Official

Ashling was appointed as an Official to the Conditions of Employment section in the INTO in August 2019. Ashling is originally from Meath, and a graduate of UCD, and has spent nine years working in INTO Head Office. She has a breadth of experience across the office, most recently advising members on their leave, staffing, and other terms and conditions, and supporting the work of the Equality Committee.

Aoife Mullen, Official

A native of Dundalk, Aoife graduated from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra with a B.Ed. in 2011. She taught in a broad spectrum of settings (including multi-denominational, DEIS, rural and small schools) before taking up an internship with INTO in 2017. With an established history of working in media, in both Irish and English languages, Aoife holds a Diploma in Radio Production and completed a Certificate in Employment Law in 2019. Prior to her appointment as Official in INTO’s Education, Research and Learning section, Aoife worked in the Conditions of Employment and Legal and Industrial Relations sections. As part of her current responsibilities, Aoife will work with the INTO Education Committee, represent the organisation on educational bodies, and develop the organisation’s contributions to policy in the areas of special education, social inclusion and early years’ education.

Sheila Murphy, Official

Sheila Murphy is an official in the Legal and Industrial Relations section of INTO. Prior to her appointment, Sheila taught in Scoil Maelruain SNS in Tallaght. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from St. Pat’s Drumcondra as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and a Masters of Education from UCD. Before joining the head office staff, Sheila was an active member of INTO at branch and district level and was involved in numerous activities such as lobbying, facilitating at youth conferences and consultations as well as district training.