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End of term for Ruairi as Fantasy Reshuffle persists

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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Former Education Minister Ruairi Quinn had already introduced legislation in this area

IF gate fever had properly set in, the Education Minister may have been tempted to crowd-surf across the plinth (for certainly the posse of media awaiting him was sufficiently large) while bawling the lyrics to 'School's Out for Summer'.

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But despite the wide smile plastered meticulously across Ruairi Quinn's visage as he approached the press pack, he wasn't a happy camper.

His decision to resign from the front bench was clearly a pre-emptive strike – a case of strolling along the plank at his own pace, rather than being prodded along it within days by a new captain at the party's helm.

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