Friday 22 September 2017

Lise Hand: Good news from Ruairi fails to impress the muttering Blueshirts

Ruairi Quinn with Labour TDs Robert Dowds and Anne Ferris at the announcement
Ruairi Quinn with Labour TDs Robert Dowds and Anne Ferris at the announcement
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

One would think there would've been joy unconfined along the corridors of power this week when Ruairi Quinn did a U-turn worthy of Michael Schumacher over the cuts to special-needs education.

After all, these cuts were a thorn in the Coalition's side and were used as a big stick by the Opposition to beat the Government with on a regular basis. And so the Education Minister's announcement that he was to release 500 extra teaching posts in September to cope with the increase in pupils requiring support, should've been greeted with an audible sigh of relief from Fine Gael and Labour.

Instead, mutterings of discontent rose from the Blueshirts' parliamentary pow-wow later that day. However, the Fine Gael disgruntlement wasn't over the reversal, but the manner in which it was executed.

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