Thursday 26 April 2018

Anne-Marie Walsh: Mitchell O'Connor has blown open blatant contradiction at heart of public wage policy

Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photo: Mark Condren
Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photo: Mark Condren

Anne-Marie Walsh

It's not long since Mary Mitchell O'Connor warned Leo Varadkar that power and success don't just come in a pinstripe suit.

Whether it was planned or not, she was certainly testing her theory in her new role as a super junior minister at the Department of Education yesterday. She stuck her neck out when she said everyone doing the same job - including teachers - deserves the same pay, and she was going to stand by her comments.

Unfortunately for Education Minister Richard Bruton, she was also standing beside him at the time. Mr Bruton is presiding over an education system where those who have entered the profession in the past six years are getting lower pay than their colleagues.

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