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New General Secretary CPSMA

11th October 2013 | News

The Standing Committee of CPSMA has appointed Rev. Dr. Tom Deenihan as the General Secretary of CPSMA. The appointment is effective as of October 14, 2013.

Father Tom Deenihan is a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1991 and, since then, has worked in the Diocese of Cork and Ross in a number of positions including several parishes, a post-primary school and as Diocesan Secretary and Diocesan Education Secretary since 2006.

He has been hugely involved in Education, completing both a Master’s and Doctor’s Degree in Education.  He taught at Saint Goban’s College, Bantry for nine years and has served on many Primary, Post Primary, Third Level and further Education Boards.  He is also a member of the Cork Education and Training Board as well as being Chair and Occasional Lecturer at the Christian Leadership in Education Office (CLEO), a collaborative partner of the University of Hull. He is also a member of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP) as well as being the Chair of the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools (ATCS).

Fr. Deenihan said that he was honoured to have been appointed to serve as General-Secretary of CPSMA. He said that he always appreciated the support of Sister Eileen Randles, Monsignor Dan O’Connor and Ms. Eileen Flynn as a member of Primary Boards of Management and as Diocesan Education Secretary.  He said that he hoped to continue that tradition of promoting, defending and supporting the inclusivity, professionalism and high standard of education and religious education in our Catholic Primary schools throughout the country.  He also said that he was very mindful of the obligations that CPSMA had to the people from all the parishes of Ireland who served the community as a whole by voluntary service on Management Boards.  He said that he looked forward to working with the Standing Committee of CPSMA and the Department of Education & Skills as well as the other Education Partners in the future in supporting Catholic Primary Schools.

Maria Spring

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