Ruane: one rule for Irish schools, another for integrated education…

THE Irish News splashed today with how the education minister approved a new Irish-language primary school in Derry against the wishes of her senior advisers and inspectors. The officials’ reason was that there were already two such schools in the city, one of which was only 2.5 miles from the proposed new school and had 106 empty desks. Now, there’s nothing to say that advisers always get it right, and if ministers were always to follow civil service advice, some things would never get done. But since this was exactly the reason Caitriona Ruane gave for not approving at least two integrated schools in the past, it makes her look somewhat inconsistent and biased.