Sunday 21 January 2018

Let's hope teachers have right principles in office

Reform of the public sector is long overdue and is a cornerstone of our recovery, writes James Fitzsimons

Leinster House is like a 'Blackboard Jungle' with all the school teachers in the new Government. But can they teach the last government a lesson? And they don't have a lot of time! If I were in charge of the Government, I would give the ministers 100 days to gain control. We need to see improvements in three to six months. Otherwise it's "Goodbye, Mr Chips".

The government has a large pool from which to choose. Those who got the top jobs should bear this in mind. They haven't got five years to find their feet.

The appointment of two ministers at the Department of Finance has already caused controversy. I am not certain that it improves things. Two heads may be better than one, but we could end up with another committee. They never work, at least not if you need decisive action. I would have appointed three ministers, albeit that two would be subordinate to the third. They too would be heavy hitters. Equal ranking might present constitutional issues.

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