President & Vice-President

Joe McKeown, INTO President

The new president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is Joe McKeown, a native of Haulbowline, Co Cork.  He represented Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois Wexford and Baltinglass on the INTO Central Executive Committee since 2012.

Joe began his teaching career in St Canice’s Primary School, Kilkenny when he graduated from St Patrick’s College in 1982. He spent three years as principal of Kilkenny School Project from 1995-1998. Joe then joined the staff of St Patrick’s BNS and was appointed Deputy Principal in 2009. He is currently principal of the 27-teacher school with three special classes for children with autism.

Joe is a member of Kilkenny City INTO branch and served as branch chairman, branch secretary, district secretary, district chairperson, media Co-ordinator and INTO Accounts Committee member prior to his election to the Central Executive Committee in 2012. Joe was also a member of the INTO project team on pay equality.

Joe is currently a member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and chair of the NCCA Audit and Risk Committee.

Married to Teresa, they have two children Ian and Niamh.


John Driscoll, INTO Vice-President

John Driscoll is the new vice president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. A native of Cork city, he has represented District 12 encompassing Cork City South and West Cork, on the INTO Central Executive Committee since 2014. 

John graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in 1980 and is deputy principal of Star of the Sea Primary School, Passage West, Co Cork.  He is an active INTO member and has held office at branch, district, and national level.  John has previously served as secretary of Cork City South East Branch for a number of years. 

He has served as district tutor, planning and providing training courses for NQTs and staff reps. John was also cathaoirleach of the INTO Accounts Committee until his appointment to the INTO executive in 2014.

Married to Gillian, they have two children Sean and Caoimhe, both of whom are also teachers.