'Old boys' network pushes back minister
'Jan O'Sullivan is about to set off the most almighty row between Labour and Fine Gael, whose ministers will be lobbied intensely by the fee-paying schools sector."
And thus former Irish Independent Education Editor John Walshe set the scene for the predictable outcome to the schools admissions reforms scrum earlier this year. Well, it looks like the influential 'old boys' network' won that match-up fairly easily.
The Education Minister launched a Garryowen with her plan to level the playing field on admissions. Ms O'Sullivan's proposal was for schools to only be allowed to reserve one in 10 places for the children of past pupils.