A Cork native has been announced as the new president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO).
Mary Magner from Castletownroche in North Cork has represented North and East Cork as well as Cork City North on the INTO executive since 2011.
Mrs Magner began her teaching career at St Gabriel’s School in inner city Dublin before returning to Cork where she taught all class levels in many urban and rural schools before securing a position in St. Patrick’s BNS in Mallow in 1995.
Since then, Mrs Magner has pursued a M.Ed. in ICT in Education in Mary Immaculate College in 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. She became principal of Scoil Chroí Íosa in Blarney in 2014.
Her first introduction to INTO was as an active union member of Dublin City North Branch in the early 1980s.
She went on to serve as Staff Rep, leas-Cathaoirleach and Cathaoirleach of Mallow Branch and as Secretary of District 16.
During her time on the INTO executive, she was 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.
Speaking about her new position with the INTO, she said: “I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of President of the INTO and pledge to work steadfastly on behalf of each and every member in the challenging post-COVID 19 times ahead.
“I commit to ensuring that our Union continues to be a cohesive, powerful force in a new world, where, as educationalists and teachers, we emerge from the pandemic crisis energised to embrace the opportunities of influencing the next generation.”
The INTO’s newly elected vice president is Joe McKeown, a native of Haulbowline in Cork.
He has represented Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford and Baltinglass on the INTO Central Executive Committee since 2012.
In ordinary circumstances, the newly elected president and vice president of the INTO would office on the last day of Congress, however, in light of the Covid-19 crisis, the decision was taken to postpone the event in line with guidance from the government.