Local primary teachers honoured
Dundalk Branch I.N.T.O held a successful Presentation Function for Primary Teachers who retired recently.
Dundalk I.N.T.O Branch Secretary Aoibheann Duffy welcomed all who attended at the Crowne Plaza and wished the Retirees well for the future.
C.E.C representative ( Louth.Cavan & Monaghan) Catherine Flanagan praised the Branch officials for their presentation format for their recently retired colleagues and spoke of the contribution of teachers to many generations of pupils and parents.
She also thanked them for their support to the INTO.
The current I.N.T.O President John Boyle made individual presentations to the teachers present who retired during the year.
In a well delivered address he urged continued solidarity among all teachers and pointed out that this solidarity over the years had almost eliminated the two tier payment system introduced a few years ago in the profession.
Not only did teachers provide a solid education service to their pupils but that they were also prominent members and officials of the many voluntary groups and organisations to be found in communities and parishes all over Ireland. This generosity of time and effort kept many small areas alive and should never be underestimated. He acknowledged and praised the services provided by all teachers in an underfunded education system.
In conclusion he hoped that we could involve more teachers at branch level and could assist in eliminating the Keyboard Culture which was deflecting people away from meaningful engagement, healthy activities and in many cases basic conversation.
Aoibheann Duffy thanked the guest speakers, the branch committee, the Crowne Plaza and musician Stewart Agnew for their support.
Finally and on behalf of Dundalk I.N.T.O she proposed a toast for a long healthy lifestyle to those who retired recently.