Friday 24 November 2017

Fiach Kelly: Out of the frying pan ... Quinn mauled by two unions in a day

IT WASN'T so much the forest of placards that Eamon Gilmore predicted Labour would face in government, but more a hanging basket of banners.

A hardcore of ASTI protesters -- calling themselves 'ASTI Fightback' -- greeted Education Minster Ruairi Quinn as he stepped into the conference hall for his second teacher's conference of the day.

The dozen or so delegates stood with their placards and stared, while sheepishly waving red cards. One of their number then remembered they were supposed to be protesting and emitted a half-hearted "shame" in the minister's direction.

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