Saturday 10 December 2016

Figures just don't add up for Ruairi Quinn

Published 31/05/2011 | 10:11

THE spectacle of governments breaking their election promises often tends to induce a degree of malicious pleasure in the onlookers.

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But in the case of Ruairi Quinn, from whom much has been expected and much is still expected, it is simply sad. How could a man of the new Education Minister's intelligence and experience have persuaded himself that he could run his department without fresh impositions on students and their parents?

The only possible answer is the euphoria that affects politicians during election campaigns. The euphoria always dissipates quickly; this time, more quickly than usual. In an important speech yesterday, Mr Quinn admitted that, contrary to a campaign promise, he has to raise the student registration fee by €500, to €2,000.

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