Compromise agreement will come as a relief to everyone
Third time lucky for Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. The Junior Cert row has gone on too long but the end is nigh, much to everybody's relief. The last thing anyone wants is to start the new school year in September with threats of more industrial strife and continuing uncertainty over the reform agenda.
So who won and who sacrificed their basic principles - the unions or the minister? The inevitable spinning from both sides when the deal is unveiled tomorrow will suggest that both did.
The unions will say they have retained the integrity of the largely written Junior Cert exam which will remain a rite of passage at the end of three years in secondary schooling.