Education Minister gives Budget lesson
WE are just over a month away from Budget 2014, and the manoeuvring by ministers to escape the harshest of spending reductions gathers pace. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is under pressure to find €100m in cuts next year.
Since entering government, Mr Quinn has reversed some planned cuts, such as cuts to disadvantaged state schools and cuts to resource teachers earlier this year.
Those in the Labour Party are right to point out that the reversal of the cuts to special needs assistants and resource teachers was an all-government decision.