Friday 18 August 2017

Lise Hand: Mutinous muinteoiri have the knives out for Machete Mary

Education Minister Mary Coughlan listens to the speeches at yesterday's INTO Annual Conference at the Salthill Hotel in Galway yesterday. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Education Minister Mary Coughlan listens to the speeches at yesterday's INTO Annual Conference at the Salthill Hotel in Galway yesterday. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Protestersshout during the minister's speech. Pic Frank Mc Grath
The INTO's new General Secretary Sheila Nunan and Minister Coughlan go their separate ways after the speeches. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

TEACHERS can't help themselves, really. They just don't do pithy and precise, as anyone who ever clock-watched their way through a sunny Friday afternoon in a stuffy classroom can attest.

And so when the new head girl Mary Coughlan arrived into the belly of the INTO beast in Galway's Salthill Hotel yesterday morning, she was greeted with a forest of yellow placards inscribed with various slogans.

One read: "There are alternatives to pay cuts. A Wealth Tax? A Cap on Earnings? A Higher Rate of Tax for Higher Earners? A Property Tax? A Tax on Bank Profits?"

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