David Quinn: Fee-paying schools are not a drain on taxpayers
Fee-paying schools don't cost the taxpayer money, they save us money. That fact should be front and centre whenever the subject of private schools is back in the news, as it has been this week.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has ordered an investigation into how the country's 56 fee-paying schools are using the €120m they raise from parents annually.
What does he intend doing with this information? Does he intend penalising schools that are successful at raising funds by reducing the amount of money they receive from the State to pay teachers' salaries?