Saturday 23 September 2017

Quinn has no plans to take up top EU posting

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn has insisted that he wants to remain in his portfolio amid specula-tion linking him to the post of EU Commissioner.

Mr Quinn, pictured, is seen as a frontrunner for the position, which has also been linked to Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

The position will become vacant next year. How-ever, gove-rnment sources insisted that no decision has been made about filling it.

Mr Quinn and other ministers face the prospect of losing their portfolios in the expected cabinet reshuffle next year. However, he insisted he wants to remain on as Education Minister and dismissed speculation linking him to the EU post.

"I got the job that I wanted nearly three years ago. It's a job that I manifestly enjoy doing and I want to continue doing that job," Mr Quinn said.

Asked whether he would ever take up such a role, he replied: "At one stage I wanted to run for Ireland in the Olympics. That didn't happen. I wanted to be Tanaiste, that didn't happen. You know, things happen. I never thought I would enjoy Education as much as I have."

Irish Independent

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