Fiach Kelly: Teacher-TDs need to heed lessons on pension reform
Published 22/12/2011 | 05:00
THE past year has seen seismic changes in politics. The collapse of Fianna Fail, big gains for Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein, added to the motley crew of Independents, have all made the floor of the Dail a much changed place.
And yet amongst all this change, one thing has held remarkably similar: the number of teacher-TDs. The 30th Dail had 28 -- this 31st Dail has 29.
Teachers are by far the biggest professional group in Leinster House and their influence is even more pronounced the higher up the political food chain one looks.