Tuesday 23 October 2018

Private schools shouldn't gain from inequality

He wasn't to blame for the decisions - but Shane Ross has put the spotlight on inequality in Irish schools, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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Eilis O'Hanlon

It was a move worthy of "Sally Jockstrap", the spoof female reporter invented by satirical magazine Private Eye, who constantly gets basic details wrong as she struggles manfully (pun definitely intended) to be one of the lads.

This time, though, it was Shane Ross, Minister for Sport as well as Transport and Tourism, who managed, in the caption to one of those selfies that he loves to post on Twitter, to mix up rugby-playing brothers Rob and Dave Kearney in a tweet congratulating Ireland's Grand Slam heroes as they celebrated their homecoming in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Ross took it on the chin when the error was pointed out to him, not least by Rob himself, who responded by light-heartedly calling Shane "Leo" - but the damage was done. Anyone looking to rib the minister as another out-of-touch dilettante already had enough ammunition.

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