Senior Officials

Gráinne Cleary, Senior Official

Gráinne Cleary has responsibility in the areas of Membership and Finance and is Head of the INTO ICT Section.  In 2018 Gráinne was designated as the INTO Data Protection Officer and is a member of the ICTU GDPR Working Group. She liaises with the Examiners of Accounts and the Accounts Committee and works with Branch and District Officers on financial, ICT and GDPR matters.

Gráinne graduated from DCU in 1992 with a BA in Accounting and Finance.  She then completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.  She was admitted to the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in 1998 and became a Fellow of ACCA in 2005.  She was awarded a Certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Law Society of Ireland in 2018. Gráinne is currently studying for a Higher Diploma in Data Analytics with NCI.

David Geary, Head of Communications/Senior Official

As Head of Communications, David manages the INTO press, digital media, marketing and internal communications teams at head office in Dublin. A board member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, David has held senior positions in a number of high-profile organisations including European Movement UK, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and the UK’s largest trade association, the Federation of Small Businesses.

Outside his professional roles, David spent five years volunteering as Head of Political Engagement for Pride in London, one of the largest equality events in the world, working with the highest levels of Government.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from NUI Galway in 2007. Subsequently, undertaking postgraduate study David graduated with a law degree (LLB, 2010) and a Master’s in International Public Policy and Diplomacy (MBS, 2011) from University College Cork.

Alison Gilliland, Senior Official

Alison Gilliland is Senior Official with responsibility for INTO Learning leading the all aspects of professional development and learning for members and trade union training for INTO officers and staff representatives.

Alison is also the union’s Equality Officer acting as secretary to the INTO Equality Committee and representing INTO on the ICTU Women’s Committee and the ETUCE’s Standing Committee for Equality.

A native of Co Monaghan, Alison previously taught in Granada (Spain), Our Lady Immaculate JNS and SNS (Darndale), and Swords Educate Together NS. During her time teaching Alison was an active member of Dublin North West Branch holding the roles of Branch Organiser, Staff Representative Tutor and District 15 summer course co-ordinator.

Alison completed her doctorate with the University of Nottingham in 2017 researching young union activists’ views and experiences of their union (INTO) and its influence on their conception of professionalism.

Maria McHenry, Senior Official

Maria works in the Legal and Industrial Relations Section. Maria advises on various matters, including parental complaints, child protection, staff relations, grievance procedures, bullying/harassment, employment equality, disciplinary procedures, professional regulation, and data protection. To advocate on behalf of members, Maria provides representation in a wide range of fora, from boards of management to the superior courts.

Maria is a qualified barrister, having been called to the Irish Bar, and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (University College Dublin). In addition, Maria has a Diploma in Education Law (Law Society of Ireland), a Diploma in Professional Regulation Law (University College Dublin) and a Professional Certificate in Ombudsman and Complaints Handling Practice (Queen Margaret University).

John O’Brien, Senior Official

John is a native of Cork and previously worked in the insurance industry in both Cork and Dublin. He has been an active trade union member since 1979 and served on the Irish Executive of the Amicus (now UNITE) Trade Union for many years. He completed a Diploma in Management & Employee Relations (NCI) and also served as a seconded full time union representative within the Irish Finance Sector before joining INTO in January 2008.

John works in the Conditions of Employment Section in INTO Head Office and has wide-ranging responsibilities, including dealing with Staffing, Pension & Retirement, Sick leave and related issues, such as the Salary Protection Scheme. John is also the Co-ordinator of the INTO Global Solidarity Network, a member of the INTO Global Citizenship School Steering Committee and represents INTO on the ICTU Global Solidarity Committee.