The Yates Anthology: Be careful what you wish for, Mr Bruton
I've known Richard Bruton since we were both elected for the first time to the Dáil in 1981. As long as I can remember, over the past 30 years, he's wanted to be Minister for Education. He felt changes in that department could have a lasting societal and economic impact.
I see Bruton as something of a rarity in Irish politics, in that he craves creativity and embracing new ideas, bluntly.
He combines this with being a policy nerd. So for exam week he was out dutifully doing the annual rounds of media, sending 'good luck' wishes to Leaving/Junior Cert students.