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Ruairi Quinn in talks to lecture at Trinity on birth of Euro


Ruairi Quinn

Ruairi Quinn

Ruairi Quinn

Former Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is set to take on lecturing duties at Dublin's Trinity College.

Mr Quinn confirmed he is in talks with the university to give a course on the formation of the Euro currency, which was in the works while he was Finance Minister during the rainbow coalition of the mid-1990s.

The 68-year-old stepped down as education minister last summer, announcing at the same time that he will not be contesting the upcoming general election next year.

But it appears that Mr Quinn has no intention going into a quiet retirement when he leaves Leinster House after four decades.

The role for him in Trinity's School of Business - to begin in September 2016 - would see him lecture students taking masters courses in Finance and in International Management.

While the former Labour Party leader said the details haven't been finalised, he explained how the opportunity came about.

"I was approached by a professor at the school, Brian Lucey, about a week-long course which would be based on my experiences as Minister for Finance," he told the Herald.

Much of the ground work for the launch of the Euro happened during Mr Quinn's time at Finance.


"I was happy to be asked and if it does happen I would be happy to share my experiences," he added.

He said that the job wouldn't be full-time, but that he would be unable to give the course now because of his workload as a backbench TD for Dublin South East.

Mr Quinn is a former architect and town planner and previously gave courses in Art and Architecture. "I also have experience of this kind of work as I previously lectured part time in UCD from 1972 to 1982," he said.

Prof Lucey was asked by Trinity News why he approached Mr Quinn.

"Who wouldn't want that experience involved in their school?" the well-known economist replied.