Feargal Brougham, INTO President
The current president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is Feargal Brougham, principal teacher in St Paul’s SNS, Ayrfield, Dublin 13.
Feargal was born and reared in Raheny in Dublin. He attended Scoil Ide and Scoil Neasain primary schools. He travelled into Colaiste Mhuire, Parnell Square, for his secondary education and studied for a B. Ed at Colaiste Mhuire, Marino.
On graduating from college in 1989 he faced an uncertain future. Unemployment among newly trained teachers was very high. Substitute work was scarce and poorly paid. He spent the next two and a half years as a librarian for the Dublin City Council.
The employment situation for newly qualified teachers improved due to the work of the INTO and he managed to get a permanent teaching position in Mary Queen of Angels Boys School, Ballyfermot. Feargal spent eight years teaching in Ballyfermot with the exception of a year working in United Arab Emirates.
In 1999 he moved back north of the Liffey to take up a post as a learning support teacher in St Paul’s SNS, Ayrfield, Dublin 13. In 2015, he was appointed principal of this school.
From 2009 – 2015 Feargal represented teachers in north county Dublin on the INTO Central Executive Committee. From 2017 he served on the union’s Benefit Funds Committee.
Feargal is married to Caroline Farrell and lives with their three children, Megan, Sorcha, and Lúc in Marino.
Feargal passionately believes that education can play a crucial part in creating a more just and equal world, especially for the most marginalised in society for whom he has campaigned throughout his professional life. During his year as President, Feargal intends to work tirelessly in helping achieve pay equality for all teachers, to improve resources for both urban and rural DEIS schools, to further assist schools to improve their ability to include pupils with special needs and to promote global citizenship education.
Mary Magner, INTO Vice-President
The current vice president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is Mary Magner, a native of Castletownroche in North Cork and living in nearby Killavullen. She represented North and East Cork as well as Cork City North on the INTO executive since 2011.
Educated in Castletownroche NS and Loreto Convent Fermoy, Mary became a graduate of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 1982. She began her teaching career in inner city Dublin teaching in St Gabriel’s School in Aughrim Street before returning to Co. Cork where she taught all class levels in many urban and rural schools before securing a position in St. Patrick’s BNS, Mallow, in 1995.
Since then Mary has pursued a M.Ed. in ICT in Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and further studied a post-graduate diploma in SEN in University College Cork. She became both an acting teaching principal and an administrative principal in St Patrick’s BNS and was also a Resource Teacher for SEN children in the school. Mary is currently principal teacher in Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney since 2014 and is a trained mentor and executive coach, mentoring newly appointed principals with the Centre for School Leadership. Mary is also a member of the Association for Coaching.
Mary’s first introduction to INTO was as a member of Dublin City North Branch. From the outset Mary became an active union member, willingly participating in a 3-day strike in the early ‘80’s for teachers’ rights to employment and decent salaries. Mary has served as Staff Rep, leas-Cathaoirleach and Cathaoirleach of Mallow Branch and as Secretary of District 16. During her time on the INTO executive, Mary has been involved in several INTO committees including the Learning Committee, Trade Union Training, the Principals’ Forum Review Committee, Pay Equality Project Team and is currently Cathaoirleach of the Task Force on Participation. She also represents INTO on the Early Childhood Board & Primary of the NCCA, recently advocating the slowdown of pace of curriculum change.
Married to John, they have three children, James, Marie and Sean. Mary is an avid cyclist and hill-walker and especially enjoys adventure travelling and photography.