Harvest Moon was soundtrack to my life in secondary
Classroom Confidential with Minister Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s interest in politics blossomed in school. His one regret, however, is that Eamon Dunphy wasn’t his teacher.
So, how would your school chums have described you?
I went to St Declan’s in Cabra and would have been described as hard-working.
Ah, you were an eager little beaver then?
I tried hard at everything, even sport, despite the fact I was no good at it [laughs].
Who rocked your teenage world?
Neil Young — Harvest Moon was the soundtrack to my life in secondary school.
Were you always destined for the Dail?
I suppose my school mates wouldn’t be surprised I ended up in politics [laughs].
What were your favourite subjects?
History, English and maths. But I struggled with other languages — Irish and French.
Did you dread the school report being sent home?
That passed off okay. I was always seen as hard-working. I can’t remember what my grades were but they were pretty good.
Were you fond of school?
I remember a good feeling of having lots of friends in the classroom and people who looked out for you.
The opposite of working in Dail Eireann I’d imagine.
[Laughs] Yeah, it is very different!
Finally, if you had a choice between Eamon Dunphy and Ryan Tubridy as your teacher who would it be?
Eamon Dunphy. He is always willing to express his opinion no matter what and I think that is an incredibly important thing for children to learn. And rather than secondary school, I think in primary school he would be of much more value teaching that to children at a young age.
Well, I suppose at least they would learn some colourful language...
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