History of The Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association
The Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association was inaugurated at a meeting in Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, on January 2nd, 1964. His Excellency, the President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, acted as Patron of the Association in the early years. The primary objectives of the Association were to further the study and teaching of mathematics in Ireland and to foster cooperation among teachers at all levels. During this initial year, branches were to be found in Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Navan, Kilkenny, Galway, Sligo, Limerick, Mayo, Longford and Dungarvan.
The Standing Committee (1964) of the IMTA reported that their request to be recognised by the Department of Education as a consultative body in matters pertaining to mathematics was accepted. From then on, the IMTA have played an active role on NCCA Course Committees. Negotiations with the Department of Education secured grants to branches in order to run courses for teachers.
Revision seminars for Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate students are held by many branches. Courses for teachers are also provided to help introduce new programmes and update old skills.