Welcoming the new Irish education minister
The new Minister for Education and Skills is Ruairi Quinn. I have know him for some time, and remember debating industrial relations law with him when he was Minister for Labour in the 1980s. I regard him as a good choice for the education portfolio, in which he has both experience and an established interest.
As I would see it at any rate, he made a serious tactical error in signing a Union of Students in Ireland pledge on tuition fees during the election campaign, but apart from that his approach to education has been consistently well thought out. He will certainly be less inclined than other politicians to base his higher education policies on anecdotes and prejudices.
I wish him well in his new role.