Speaking from Leinster House today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien acknowledged the resignation of Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and called for a new direction in education policy.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“I wish Deputy Ruairí Quinn well in his political career and we look forward to working with his replacement.
“Ruairí Quinn as a cabinet member was a reforming minister, and made radical changes to the education system including through introducing QQI, the ETB structures and the Further Education and Training Strategy which may in the long term have a positive impact.
“However Deputy Quinn as a Minister did make mistakes in his role including making drastic cuts to career guidance resources, not allocating appropriate levels of resources to Junior Cycle reform – which could have the potential to be a good policy if resourced correctly.
“It is also important to note that Ruairí Quinn as a Minister stood over awful measures of austerity inflicted on people in Ireland.
“We hope new the Minister will continue progressive reforms but it’s not just about a new face but about a new direction in education policy, and ensuring that we invest appropriately in education in the future.”