Teachers still not making any real effort
The education minister is caught between a rock and a hard place on the issue of early retirement, writes Emer O'Kelly
THERE were two occasions in 2011 on which I felt glowingly proud of our Government -- both collectively and through the individuals who spoke.
The first was when the Taoiseach stood in the Dail and delivered a deliberately, unapologetically plainspoken condemnation of the treatment of helpless children by the religious who for generations had been revered as their natural carers and mentors.
Enda Kenny, a father and a practising Roman Catholic, spoke with rage and love, the emotion controlled by his acceptance of his position as the leader of the State. It was a gleaming moment of shining honesty and hope.