Expect almighty row between FG and Labour as O'Sullivan seeks to loosen old-school ties
The great guessing game is over and Jan O'Sullivan is about to set off the most almighty row between Labour and Fine Gael, whose ministers will be lobbied intensely by the fee-paying schools sector.
And the legal eagles who are products of some of the country's best-known schools will be dusting down case law for the inevitable legal challenge if the minister succeeds in limiting reserved places in schools to 10pc for children of past pupils.
They were unhappy enough with Ruairi Quinn's offer to keep 25pc of places for the offspring of former pupils. He was initially of the view that there should be no provision of any kind for them. But he was persuaded that this would seriously hit fundraising activities by past pupils who would be reluctant to support their alma mater if there was no guarantee their children could follow in their school footsteps.