Ruane’s progress

Pete mentioned the education minister’s plans on post primary education being cost neutral. Catriona Ruane has, however, been having a number of problems of late. She has of course as noted above scrapped the 11 plus and will not be funding it. She is also worried that allocating places to children from Northern Ireland ahead of those in the Republic could be contrary to EU law.Unfortunately we have now discovered that both these issues are actually nonsense. It was some time ago that myself and others noted that the minister’s statement carefully avoided ruling out funding for schools which retained selection. Now it seems that what was suspected has been confirmed. It seems the only change may be that Ruane will not fund the tests. I suppose if little or nothing changes the costs might be neutral after all.

Her concern regarding EU law and the right of a school to offer a place to a child from Northern Ireland ahead of one from the Republic of Ireland is also nonsense. It appears the EU law Ms. Ruane is citing actually regards not discriminating against people of a different nationality resident in a given jurisdiction and as such is not relevant to the issue at hand. Sammy Wilson to his credit has pointed out that pupils from the Republic of Ireland attending a school in Northern Ireland would be no problem provided the school had places and the RoI government paid for the pupil. Of course with so little grasp on the concept of finances it is unlikely that Ms. Ruane has thought of this.

Still maybe she will manage to find a way to make a 360 degree turn on that issue as well. Whilst one can complain about most of the ministers in the current executive; Ms. Ruane seems the most spectacularly incompetent and in an executive with the likes of McGimpsey that really is quite an achievement.

  • slug

    Ruane – looking dazed?
    Wilson – outclassing her?

  • Turgon

    Yes it is indeed quite an achievement.

  • lapsedmethodist

    Swap her for Betancourt. Well, she has all the right contacts.
    BTW…..who is the faux Lapsedmethodist posting here ? On the Hugo Mcneill thread.

  • It was patently obvious at the time that she was talking out of her arse, even as the Sinn Fein lickspittles were falling over themselves to try and provide cover.


  • Does Ruane have no supporters on Slugger? Is the PRM hanging her out to dry?

  • People were backing up her spurious claims last time, they’re probably just trying to work out how they can defend such an indefensible position.

    Either she’s a liar or she’s incompetent (there’s no way you start making noises about changing laws, especially sensitive ones, without establishing basic facts like this first). Those aren’t attractive options if you’re a SF supporter and either way questions need to be asked about whether she should be replaced.

  • BonarLaw

    “questions need to be asked about whether she should be replaced”

    By whom? Sue Ramsey?

    Devolution has proved what many suspected- that the DFM and his comrades are better at running a terrorist campaign than a country.

  • lib2016

    Yawn! Why get involved in dishonest arguments which will inevitably end up in personal attacks on the Minister.

    We’ve been through all this before with Bairbre de Brún and frankly some of the socalled debate on this organ about that lady left me feeling soiled just reading it.

    As we can see from the Limavady threads unionists have their own unique way of dealing with uppity females who dare to challenge the status quo. Personal invective and physical intimidation being two of their favourite weapons.

    You want us to play your dirty games? Sorry, but no way.

  • BonarLaw

    aww… come back with our ball!

    And when you do what about a comment on the ministers’ understanding of EU regulations in respect of opening up NI schools to children from a neighbouring country.

  • spiritof07

    Wonder on what experience did the Shinners appoint Ruane? Was it her ability to run a good provo (sorry, community)festival in west Belfast? Or her ability to carry the campaign to free the Columbia Three while retaining that earnestness in her crumbling voice?

    Catriona must have given some good service down the years.

  • willowfield

    It was on her ability – yet to be realised – to win the South Down Westminster seat.

    But she may have been parachuted into South Down to reward her for the good “work” noted above.

  • Dishonest arguments? Either she got it wrong or she lied. If she got it wrong (and proceeded to announce her intention to change the law based on dodgy ‘facts’) I believe that raises questions over her abilities as a minister.

    This has nothing to do with uppity females as I think the second WORST MINISTER EVER is Edwin Poots, but that’s a whole other story.

    So in short your response to criticism of Ruane’s abilities is to brand those pointing out her shortcomings as sexist bullies based on the actions of an unruly mob in Limavady (somewhere I don’t think I’ve ever actually been)? That’s one of the most obvious attempts I’ve seen on Slugger, or anywhere else, to dodge an issue, and I’ve seen quite a few.

    You’re (or someone is) going to have to do better than that.

  • willis

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, the DFM made a far better fist of the Education job, as indeed Michelle Gildernew is making with Agriculture.

    Catriona Ruane has a huge job on her hands and I would like to see her succeed (broadly), but I fear she is completely out of her depth.