With the Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane, facing the Assembly’s Education Committee today, Alliance Party councillor Ian J Parsley makes a good point in the comments to the post on yesterday’s Executive meeting [Scroll down to IJP’s comment number 11]
“So although it is true that Unionists have to deal with the fact they are in coalition with an anti-selection Minister, the Minister also has to deal with the fact she is in coalition with pro-selection colleagues. It requires compromise, not just saying Well Im doing this, so there.”
The ‘collective responsibility’ of the Executive is an issue we’ve discussed before – Mick had a detailed post on it here – “the legislation seems crystal clear on the primacy of Executive over the conduct [of] Ministerial briefs.” And the quote in the title? That would be the Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane..