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Net atweet with comments about Tanaiste move

ine Kerr

Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00

TANAISTE Mary Coughlan has become the reshuffle villain in the world of blogging and tweeting.

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Agitated internet enthusiasts went into manic overdrive within minutes of her surprise move to the Department of Education and Skills.

When the Taoiseach rose in the Dail at 3.15pm to announce his new team, teachers across the country had been busily packing up for the day, looking forward to the two weeks of Easter holidays that beckon tomorrow and the teacher conferences that will follow countrywide.

What they hadn't banked on was 'Batt Man' O'Keeffe -- the object of all their frustrations -- leaving the Department of Education to be replaced by the minister dubbed 'Calamity Coughlan'.

Predictably, as teachers and observers went online to vent their anger, the references to their new education leader started and ended with references to the infamous gaffe when Ms Coughlan erroneously referred to the theory of evolution as having been formulated by Einstein.

"I wonder will Einstein's theory of evolution be getting added to the science curriculum (or maybe the French one)," one wrote on an online forum.

"Mary Coughlan the one who thought the theory of evolution was Einstein's? This does not bode well for education," another wrote.

And so it went -- on and on and on.

Others sought to stick to that equally controversial remark that emigration was "not a bad thing" and that some young people were leaving Ireland because "they want to enjoy themselves".

The new Education Minister is about to experience in real terms the feelings of the bloggers and tweeters.

Irish Independent

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