Roscommon/ Galway union representative is the new President of Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO).
Joe Killeen is now president of INTO in its 150th year.
He is the principal t in Lough Cutra NS Gort.
He began his teaching career at Kiltrusten NS, in Strokestown. Since 1987 he has been principal of Lough Cutra.
As an INTO Executive member Joe represented District 6 on the Small Schools Task Force set up in 2012 by the union to advise the executive on opposing proposals by the Department of Education and Skills to close small schools. He has held the post of vice president for the last 12 months.
Speaking after taking office today Joe said he was looking forward to leading the teachers of the 32 county teachers union through its 150th year. Adding that he will be working hard to eradicate the present situation where there are two different pay scales for teachers doing the same job.