Thursday 21 September 2017

Daniel McConnell: School's back, but where are ministers?

Ruairi Quinn needs to grab our education system by the horns

AGENDA: Ruairi Quinn was not available for interview as his department faces swingeing cuts in the Budget
AGENDA: Ruairi Quinn was not available for interview as his department faces swingeing cuts in the Budget

Daniel McConnell, Political Correspondent

Education in Ireland is in major crisis. As this newspaper revealed two weeks ago, Minister Ruairi Quinn has to make cuts of €100m in the coming October budget to meet Troika targets.

He can't touch 80 per cent of his €9bn budget, relating to pay and pensions as they are protected under the Haddington Road Agreement.

He has rolled back on previously made cuts so he has to find an additional €22m and he has to make payments of €40m to victims of clerical abuse as part of the redress scheme.

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