Assistant General Secretaries

Gráinne Cleary, Assistant General Secretary/Director of Operations and Finance

Gráinne, a native of Dublin, has worked with the INTO for over twenty years in the Membership, Finance and ICT Section. She was designated as the INTO data protection officer in 2018.

Following her appointment to assistant general secretary/director of operations and finance, Gráinne has responsibility for implementing an organisational strategy for operations and finance in the INTO, managing the delivery of corporate services, human resources and data governance.
Gráinne, a graduate of DCU, is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and 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 in NCI.

David Geary, Assistant General Secretary/Director of Communications

David has responsibility for the overall communications strategy for the organisation, North and South and works closely with the General Secretary and Northern Secretary. 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. In 2019, David was included in the Yahoo Finance/OUTstanding list of 30 global LGBT+ leaders.

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.

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 and Industrial Relations 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).