INTO has the ‘write stuff’ Championing Education
22 March 2018: An Post today issued a new €1.00 stamp celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s largest teachers’ trade unions, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO). Founded in 1868 the INTO represents over 43,000 school teachers across the country. Designed by Dublin design studio Detail, the stamp depicts the words ‘Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation’ as if handwritten by a child.
The INTO was founded to give teachers a means to express their shared views on issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the teaching profession and education in Ireland. It represents primary school teachers in the Republic of Ireland and both primary and post-primary school teachers in Northern Ireland.
The trade union, whose founding precedes the formation of the state, has played an active part in Irish life and history. In the course of its 150 years the INTO has taken a stand on many issues such as the marriage bar on women and the drive for pay parity between primary teachers and their post-primary counterparts.
The Union has evolved throughout the years but continues to provide advice and help to members, to promote equality in teaching and education and to advocate for the rights of teachers and children in the education sector. Equal access to full education for all children is a core tenet of the INTO.
INTO President John Boyle said that: “The issue of the 150th anniversary stamp is a welcome recognition by the State of INTO’s work for education and for teachers since 1868. Featuring handwriting in the design is a reminder of the commitment of INTO’s first President, Vere Foster, to clarity of expression by children and the stamp is symbol of the importance of access to education for all children.”
The stamp and First Day Cover can be purchased at main post offices, at Dublin’s GPO stamp shop and online at irishstamps.ie