“Nonsense, Minister.”

Despite frequently suggesting the contrary, the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Cáitríona Ruane, doesn’t have the political mandate required to legislate for her Tranfer2010 guidelines the then NIO Minister Angela Smith’s post-primary transfer proposals. Hence the vacuum, guidelines, and an unregulated system. We’ll have to wait to see what the Catholic Church actually proposes about an interim test.. But here’s Cáitríona Ruane on Hearts and Minds last night putting her fingers in her ears and singing “na na na na na I can’t hear you” ignoring the political reality and throwing some straw men into the wind. Part 1 below the fold.

Part one of NI Education Minister interview

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  • The Raven

    Key points:

    “Wait and see”

    “Absolutely determined to create a world class system”

    I’m going to have some gin and reconcile those two positions.

  • joeCanuck

    Let us know in a year or two when you are successful.

  • wild turkey


    I have two kids, one in p5 one in p6.

    I better make mine a double

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I have a kid who’s in creche. Wonder if this will be resolved by the time he hits 11.

  • The Raven

    Lads, it’s 2:17am, I’ve really had a shitload of gin.

    And I still haven’t figured it out. 😛