Teaching Council

The Teaching Council was established on March 1st 2006. The purpose of the Teaching Council, as set out by the Teaching Council Act 2001, is to

  • Regulate the teaching profession and the professional conduct of teachers
  • Establish and promote the maintenance and improvement of standards of 
  • programmes of teacher education and training 
  • teaching, knowledge, skill and competence of teachers
  • professional conduct of teachers
  • Promote the continuing education and training and professional development of teachers.

The Teaching Council is an autonomous, independent body designed to oversee the self regulation of the teaching profession. However, in performing its functions, the Council must implement the Minister’s policies relating to teacher education and training, probation, qualification, professional conduct and standards of teaching. In advising the Minister it must have regard to the implications of its advice for the resources that are available and to the practical implementation of any advice.

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Membership of Teaching Council

The Teaching Council consists of 37 members. Registered teachers are represented by 22 members as follows:


NameNominating body/Constituency Elected
Anne McElduffINTO
Declan KelleherINTO
Michael BarryASTI
Elaine DevlinASTI
Bernie RuaneTUI
Michael GillespieTUI
Prof. Michael A HayesColleges of Education
Marie McLoughlinColleges of Education
Dr Andrew McGradyUniversities and named third level colleges
Dr Joe O'HaraUniversities and named third level colleges
Eileen FlynnSchool management - primary (CPSMA)
Dr Ken FarrellySchool management - primary (RCBDUB)
Joan RussellSchool management - post-primary (ACCS/IVEA/JMB)
Patrick McVicarSchool management - post-primary (ACCS/IVEA/JMB)
Aine LynchNational Parents Council (primary)
Elernor PetrieNatioanl Parents Council (post-primary)
Dr Marie ClarkeICTU
Frank TurpinIBEC
Dr Sean RowlandMinisterial Appointment
Brendan McCabeMinisterial Appointment
Dr Deirdre MatthewsMinisterial Appointment
Micheal O GriofaElected Teacher, Dublin, Primary
Dympna MulkerrinsElected Teacher, Dublin Primary
Eimear ColeElected Teacher, Dublin, Primary
Brid Ni RaghallaighElected Teacher, Connaught /Ulster, Primary
John ConlonElected Teacher, Connaught/Ulster, Primary
Kathleen O'ConnorElected Teacher, Leinister, Primary
Milo WalshElected Teacher, Leinister, Primary
Derbhile de PaorElected Teacher, Munster, Primary
Diarmuid O MurchuElected Teacher, Munster, Primary
Kieran ChristieElected Teacher, Ireland, Post-Primary, Community & Comprehensive
Marie HumphriesElected Teacher, Leinster, Post-Primary, VEC
Fergal McCarthyElected Teacher, Connaught/Munster/Ulster, Post-Primary, VEC
Bernadine O'SullivanElected Teacher, Leinister Post-Primary, Voluntary
Christopher MaginnElected Teacher, Leinster Post-Primary, Voluntary
Lily Cronin

Elected Teacher, Connaught / Munster / Ulster, Post-Primary, Voluntary

Noel BuckleyElected Teacher, Connaught/Munster/Ulster, Post-Primary, Voluntary


For more information visit www.teachingcouncil.ie.