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Harvest Moon was soundtrack to my life in secondary

Classroom Confidential with Minister Paschal Donohoe

Published 04/09/2014 | 00:00

Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney
Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s interest in politics blossomed in school. His one regret, however, is that Eamon Dunphy wasn’t his teacher.

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So, how would your school chums have described you?

I went to St Declan’s in Cabra and would have been described as hard-working.


Ah, you were an eager little beaver then?

I tried hard at everything, even sport, despite the fact I was no good at it [laughs].


Who rocked your teenage world?

Neil Young — Harvest Moon was the soundtrack to my life in secondary school.


Were you always destined for the Dail?

I suppose my school mates wouldn’t be surprised I ended up in politics [laughs].


What were your favourite subjects?

History, English and maths. But I struggled with other languages — Irish and French.


Did you dread the school report being sent home?

That passed off okay. I was always seen as hard-working. I can’t remember what my grades were but they were pretty good.


Were you fond of school?

I remember a good feeling of having lots of friends in the classroom and people who looked out for you.


The opposite of working in Dail Eireann I’d imagine.

[Laughs] Yeah, it is very different!


Finally, if you had a choice between Eamon Dunphy and Ryan Tubridy as your teacher who would it be?

Eamon Dunphy. He is always willing to express his opinion no matter what and I think that is an incredibly important thing for children to learn. And rather than secondary school, I think in primary school he would be of much more value teaching that to children at a young age.


Well, I suppose at least they would learn some colourful language...


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