TJ Clare, Official

TJ is an official in the Legal and Industrial Relations section in INTO Head Office. Prior to being appointed as official, TJ fulfilled the role of acting official in LIR and completed the INTO internship. In his role as official, TJ advises, supports and represents members in a range of areas including parental complaints, staff relations, disciplinary matters, fitness to teach and equality cases.

TJ graduated from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 2011 with a Bachelor of Education degree. He taught in Dublin 15, primarily in Scoil Bhríde Buachaillí, Blanchardstown Village. Before joining Head Office, TJ was an active member of the INTO, serving as branch secretary in the Dublin North City Branch, district development coordinator and as District 14 secretary. He was also involved in campaigns on a broad range of issues and was a lobbyist for the Dublin West constituency.

Niamh Cooper, Official

Niamh was appointed as an Official in INTO Head Office in April 2015. A qualified post- primary teacher from Dublin, Niamh worked in INTO Head Office from 2003 until 2019 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. From 2015 – 2019 she was shared on an equal basis between the Legal & Industrial Relations and the Conditions of Employment sections of the office. She is now assigned solely to the Conditions of Employment section where she advises members on a wide range of issues. She also deals with school accommodation issues. She has a Diploma in Employment Law, a Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Ciarán Gallagher, Official

Appointed in September 2020, Ciarán is an Official in the INTO Communications team. Ciarán works to promote the voice of the membership and union developments through communications with members, employees and the media. Before joining the INTO, Ciarán was Comms Officer with Trócaire, co-ordinating the development agency’s media outreach, including press coverage for Lent/Christmas campaigns. Prior to this he worked in journalism for 12 years, starting in broadcasting before working with a variety of print/online media/sports organisations as a freelance following a five-year period with the Irish Daily Mail.

Ciarán holds a Master’s in Journalism from DIT and a BA(Hons) in Media Production Management from DCU. In addition to being a trade union member, he is a member of the Gaelic Writers’ Association and Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland.

Lisa Gallagher, Official

A native of Galway, Lisa completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Irish in NUI Galway in 2011. Lisa also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Education from St. Patrick’s, Drumcondra, a Masters of Education from NUIG and an Advanced Diploma in Law and Education from King’s Inns, Dublin.

Lisa began her teaching career in Scoil Éinde BNS in Salthill, where she taught for six years prior to joining the INTO as an intern in 2019. Before joining the Head Office staff, Lisa was a member of Galway branch and was an active member of both Galway Branch and District 6 Committees, as well as being an active INTO lobbyist for Galway West.

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).

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.

Lorcan Maule, Official

Lorcan is an Official in the Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality section. Lorcan advises and supports members in a range of areas including staff relations, disciplinary matters, child protection, regulatory matters and employment equality cases. Lorcan provides representation before a wide range of bodies including the WRC, Labour Court, regulatory bodies and the Superior Courts.

Lorcan is a practising solicitor and prior to joining the INTO Lorcan worked in a leading international law firm in Dublin. Lorcan has previously advised education providers whether at primary, secondary or higher education levels across all areas of their activities. Lorcan holds a Bachelors of Business and Law (University College Dublin), Masters in Child and Family Law (University College Cork) and Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law (University College Dublin).

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 the 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.