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Thursday, 20 February 2020

150th Anniversary of the founding of the INTO

150th Anniversary of the founding of the INTO


On March 22, 2018, An Post will commemorate the 150th founding of the INTO.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is the oldest and largest teachers' trade union in Ireland. It represents over 35,000 teachers at primary level in the Republic of Ireland and more than 7,000 teachers at primary and post-primary level in Northern Ireland.

INTO was founded in 1868 to “unite and organise the teachers of Ireland and to provide a means for the expression of their collective opinion on matters affecting the interests of education and of the teaching profession”.

In the 20th century, teachers took on a new and more varied, child centred school programme. Between 1912 and 1920, the INTO also had its first female president, registered as a trade union, elected its first full-time general secretary and fought a wide range of campaigns both on individual cases and on pay conditions.

As a union, it was also established to protect its members and to work towards improving their working conditions and to promote their interests. It provides advice and help to members and promotes equality in the teaching profession and the education sector whilst lobbying the governments in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe on behalf of its members.

The stamp you see here was designed by Dublin design studio Detail. It depicts the words “Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation” as if hand-written in a child’s school copy book. It is repeated in Irish.