Damian White - IPPN Deputy President & Conference Facilitator DamianWhite

Damian has been principal of Scoil Shinchill, Killeigh, Co.Offaly since 1994. He is a native of the neighbouring parish of Kilcormac-Killoughey. He graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 1987 and taught in Scoil Cholmcille, Kells, Co Meath, Scoil Treasa, Donore Avenue and St. Brigid's Castleknock before returning to Offaly to take up his present position.

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Páiric Clerkin - IPPairicClerkinPN CEO

Páiric was educated in St. Vincent's CBS Primary and Secondary Schools, Glasnevin and obtained his teaching degree from St. Patrick's College. His first teaching post was in St. Francis Xavier SNS, Dublin 15. In 2001, Páiric was appointed as the founding Principal of St. Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown in Dublin 15. He served initially as a teaching principal, and in 2003 became an administrative principal, following rapid expansion of the school. 

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David Ruddy – IPPN PresidentDR 2014b

David was elected Deputy President/President Elect by the IPPN National Council in June 2015. David is principal of Talbot Senior National School in Clondalkin, Dublin, a co-ed school. He has been the author of the Legal Diary since Leadership+ was first launched in 2000.

David qualified as a barrister and has lectured extensively over the last 20 years. He is legal advisor to IPPN and has facilitated a number of one-day seminars on the subject of Your School & the Law as well as short seminars on avoiding litigation, family law, education law and SEN at numerous IPPN conferences.

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Anne Looney – Executive Dean, DubliAnneLooneyn City University

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year.

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HaroldHislopwebDr. Harold Hislop - Chief Inspector, Dept. of Education & Skills 

Dr Harold Hislop became Chief Inspector at the Department of Education and Skills in 2010. Prior to joining the Inspectorate, Harold taught at primary and university level and he worked as an education and development officer at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment during the development of the Primary School Curriculum.

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RRichardBrutonichard Bruton TD - Minister for Education and Skills

Richard Bruton TD was appointed Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in March 2011.  He is an experienced Deputy representing Dublin North Central and is a Research Economist by profession.

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1982. He was Minister for Enterprise and Employment 1994-97 and chaired the European Industrial Council during Ireland’s presidency in 1996.  He was Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce 1986-87.

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