Ruane to step down at the next election

The serving Principal Deputy Speaker and former Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane will be standing down at the next election.

Speaking about her decision she said;

“It has been an honour and privilege to represent the people of South Down in the Assembly for the last 14 years.

“Over the years I have been involved in assisting the growth and development of the peace process to create a better society for all our citizens.

“During that time I have had the pleasure of serving as Education Minister, abolishing the eleven plus exam, tackling underachievement, improving educational attainment and excellence for all, investing in the Irish medium sector and delivering the largest school building programme in decades.

“I was also proud to promote equality issues in the Assembly at every opportunity; equality for the LGB&T community, for Irish language speakers and for women. As a lifelong feminist I was honoured to have been selected twice by all parties to chair the Assembly’s women’s caucus.

“I was also privileged to serve as Principal Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

“I have now decided not to put my name forward for selection for the next Assembly election.

“I have now decided not to put my name forward for selection for the next Assembly election.

Her constituency colleague is Chris Hazzard the current Infrastructure Minister.

In May, the party ran three candidates with local activist Michael Gray-Sloan missing out on a seat in South Down.

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  • Croiteir

    She should have went ages ago over the mess she made of education

  • Teddybear

    As Dorothy Parker said on hearing about the death of Calvin Coolidge:
    “How can they tell?”

  • Teddybear

    Free speech is like world peace. Every one wants it but only when it suits them.

  • Jag

    Her contribution to the finance committee where she’s a member since last May has been, to put it kindly, unremarkable.

  • ted hagan

    Stepping down?
    No, not you. We meant that other eejit.

  • Jag

    You mean Boyo Hazzard? No, no, we’ve all run up big credit card bills over Christmas. At least keep Chris elected until he pays them for us. And won’t anyone think of the welfare of all the economic policy flying pigs which need their own dedicated air corridors that Chris promotes.

  • SDLP supporter

    Yes, Chris Hazzard will need a while to live that particular gaffe (tax payer clearing all credit card, mortgage, car loans, etc debt) down. Shows you the advantage of a PH.D in politics.

  • Gopher

    There are less than 2 SF quotas so I expect someone from the area had to step aside as the paty “parks the bus”. Bit of a surprise a biggish name is the one that steps aside

  • john millar

    “When you spend a year n a half shitting in bag in the the cell you are locked up in 23 hours a day you tend to make your contribution based on your own experience”

    Was that not a matter of choice ?
    Do enlighten me

  • Granni Trixie

    Austin. I haven’t a clue what you’re on about. Do tell?

  • Glenn

    She was such an outstanding education minister, she had to be replaced by a cook.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Ya, under her watch GCSE results in the North shot up way above those in Britain.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    He used the word ‘Rodent’ in describing Ms Ruane and he got into trouble for it.

  • file

    She might have taught you the past participle of ‘to go’ … but really, I agree with you. Never read such a terrible policy’ as Every School A Good School. Comes from the same school of thought in school sports days that Every Child Should Get A Medal.

  • file

    Nothing to do with her. More to do with the ever-increasing pressure for grade inflation evidenced by making up new grades such as A* and also easy marking.

  • Granni Trixie

    I should think so if he did. However, it’s the bit about “shitting in a bag” I was wondering about. E.g. Is he commenting on Slugger from a jail cell? I mean dint they have toilets nowadays?

  • AntrimGael

    Funny enough I have also posted some stuff which appeared right away then disappeared like snow off a ditch. What’s happening Austin? Is this a remake of The 39 Steps and should we watch behind us at all times?

  • Anthony O’Shea

    I dunno Granni, nothing surprises or shocks me these days.

  • Croiteir

    She probably did

  • Croiteir

    Why is this accredited to her, you could just as easily say that increasingly good results when she left the position was due to her departure

  • AntrimGael

    Ha ha just like my comment re: Catriona Ruane which has disappeared……..zoom lol.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Well if they had fallen when she was minister no doubt she would have been blamed for the failure, so why cant the opposite be true?

  • Croiteir

    that’s the point – how do you accredit her with the small rises in performances? Just being there is not enough

  • Anthony O’Shea

    It is enough actually. If being there oversees an improvement then the boss dserves the credit, so it is in all walks of life.

  • Skibo

    It was a silly comment but we the tax payers have been made liable for all the bank’s debts.

  • Croiteir

    That is not true, the boss has to show how his decisions created the improvement. Otherwise he is at risk if improvements do not happen.

    She made a mess of education that continues to the present day and ran away from having to justify her actions. She was a disaster, sharing many of the failings of AF. Her track record has been one of obstruction, pig headedness and incompetence, topped off with a ministerial style best suited to a one-party dictatorship.

    What type of school did her children attend – was it a grammar by any chance?

  • Granni Trixie

    Possibility of shocks today?

  • Gingray

    Its only enough if you are a dye in the wool uber Sinn Fein loyalist who unquestioningly just puts out the party line.

    For those of us in the real world she was an absolute disaster, and given that education results improving and eleven plus abolishment had been started by her direct rule predecessor, there is no doubt she added very little to the job.

  • Gingray

    And his profession matters why? He was a decent education minister, could have achieved more if he hadn’t spent the first 2 years sorting out Ruanes mess.

  • Jag

    There might have been a fig leaf of justification for helping citizens in debt, though paying off credit cards was just barmy. But “air corridors”? that had me rolling in the aisles. They were apparently to facilitate air travel, but all I could visualise was flying pigs, economic policy flying pigs.

  • Skibo

    I think you will find I have already said it was a stupid comment but would you like to consider how much tax payers money will be used to support the Banks and Building societies? Perhaps he was using sarcasm with his comment, something we in NI are great at using.

  • Ciaran Caughey

    Detested in South Down.I live here.