Thursday 18 January 2018

This will be a real test for 'new politics' as Fianna Fáil handed hot potato

Fiona O'Loughlin. Photo: Tom Burke
Fiona O'Loughlin. Photo: Tom Burke

John Walshe

The fate of the Cassells Report lies with Fianna Fáil, which has clearly been enjoying its power over recent government decisions - without having to take any responsibility for the unpopular ones.

But that's about to change - at least as far as taking responsibility for the hot political potato of funding higher education.

Education Minister Richard Bruton has neatly handed it over to the Oireachtas Committee on Education, which just happens to be chaired by one of the new Fianna Fáil TDs, Fiona O'Loughlin (pictured right), a former primary school teacher. She is joined on the committee by her party's education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne.

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