O'Keeffe trapped by vagaries of weather
EDUCATION Minister Batt O'Keeffe's decision to close schools until Thursday this week caused outrage among Fine Gael and the media.
However, that decision was clearly based on the weather forecast at the time, a forecast which predicted continuing severe weather for up to another 10 days.
Fine Gael and the media are now turning on the minister for taking decisive action based on what was a 'doomsday' forecast on Friday last. A decision clearly had to be taken so that parents could plan alternative childcare, work and travel arrangements for the week ahead.