Monday 18 December 2017

The Yates Anthology: Be careful what you wish for, Mr Bruton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to visit Ireland later this month (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to visit Ireland later this month (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

I've known Richard Bruton since we were both elected for the first time to the Dáil in 1981. As long as I can remember, over the past 30 years, he's wanted to be Minister for Education. He felt changes in that department could have a lasting societal and economic impact.

I see Bruton as something of a rarity in Irish politics, in that he craves creativity and embracing new ideas, bluntly.

He combines this with being a policy nerd. So for exam week he was out dutifully doing the annual rounds of media, sending 'good luck' wishes to Leaving/Junior Cert students.

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