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# Ruairí Quinn

All time
# pragmatic baptism
Archbishop: 'Baptising children simply to be able to attend a specific school is an abuse of baptism'
Former Minister for Education and current Labour TD Ruairí Quinn spoke this morning of the urgent need for reform in the area.
# gonezo
Here are all the Labour TDs stepping down at the next election (so far)
Will there be any more?
# Going for it
Meet the Hillary fundraiser who reckons she has a shot at the Dáil
Linda O’Shea Farren, who failed to get elected to Dublin City Council last year, is seeking the Fine Gael nomination in Dublin Bay South.
# The only way is Enda
Quinn: 'There is NO alternative to a Fine Gael-Labour government'
The former minister has dismissed the idea that there is an alternative to the current government.
# admissions
Here's why Jan O'Sullivan's schools plan could spark a BIG row in government
Analysis: The politics behind today’s news on changes to schools’ admissions policy.
# Most unparliamentary
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
The debate about sexism in Irish politics has been reignited by Michael Lowry and his controversial note this week.
# retrospect
"Putting the abortion laws into the Constitution was a mistake"
Labour TD Ruairi Quinn has said there is “no question” that Ireland’s abortion laws will change.
# Absent
13 Labour TDs missed the Dáil vote on abortion last night
A large number of Labour deputies missed the vote on a bill to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment.
# Deadlock
Teachers are almost certainly going on strike tomorrow
Neither the minister nor the unions will budge.
# collapsed talks
Jan O'Sullivan rules out any more compromise on her Junior Cycle reforms
Teaching unions rejected a revised set of proposals today.
# Flashback
Check out out these pictures of Michael Noonan on Budget Day... 23 years ago
Ah the 90s were great…
# Reshuffle
Taoiseach thanks former ministers for service 'during difficult times'
Announcing his new Cabinet today, Enda Kenny thanked outgoing ministers for their service to the Irish people.
# Cheers Eamo
The Taoiseach thanked Eamon Gilmore for all his work during today's Cabinet meeting
But it didn’t get emotional, the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton insisted today.
# Reshuffle
Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister
The Minister announced last week that he will be ending up his career in politics after almost four decades.
# Oireachtas agenda
Will some people lose their free travel passes?
That’s what Fianna Fáil will be asking the Government today, but what else is happening in Leinster House?
# Work to be done
Here are 6 big challenges facing Joan Burton as the new Labour leader and Tánaiste
She’s won the race to be leader but the hard work starts now for the new Tánaiste.
# Departure
'How's my hair?': Quinn brings smiles and a bit of emotion as he departs on his own terms
The outgoing Education Minister pre-empted his likely demotion with his announcement yesterday.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about Ruairí Quinn, Arthur’s Day and Israel-Palestine tensions.
# I'm out
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet
The Labour TD will step down after the reshuffle, he confirmed today.
# reforming zeal
"A nice, decent gentleman" and the inventor of the Euro: Reaction to Ruairí Quinn's departure
The Education Minister has confirmed he’s stepping down from Government, and won’t run again for a Dáil seat.
# stepping down
Here's one who left earlier: All smiles as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore takes his last Dáil questions
Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett joked that nothing’s official yet but that ‘he reads the newspapers’.
# Dáil claims
Whistleblower says builders paid by State are defrauding the welfare system
Education Minister Ruairí Quinn dealt with the claims raised by Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy at Leaders’ Questions today.
# The Educators
'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister
Ruairi Quinn says that because three of the four members of the Economic Management Council are teachers, he never has to fight for funding.
# Changes
Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers
Under the proposals, teachers would be allocated to schools “in line with each school’s educational need for such support”.
# Educational Passport
Here's the form children will be asked to fill out about their abilities as they enter secondary school
Parents will also be able to give their thoughts on where their child may need extra help.
# full inquiry
Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation
Diarmuid Martin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all mother-and-baby homes.
# Red Alert
TD warns that children's lives are being put at risk during storms
Education Minister Ruairí Quinn admitted that the current advice system for schools may need to be updated.
# let the talks begin
Minister Quinn invites teachers unions to talk on junior cycle reform, ASTI welcome the invite
The new junior cert is being phased in from September to incoming first year students.
# The Mourning After
The contenders: Labour's leadership battle is taking shape, but one minister has ruled himself out
Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly have both said they will decide on their intentions in the next 48 hours.
# TBT
Throwback Thursday: Politics edition
From befriending Tom Cruise to stealing each other’s outfits, our politicians have done it all.
# Onwards and Upwards
Quinn says DEIS schools now 'bearing fruit' as exam results improve
Research from the Education and Skills Centre finds exam results since the DEIS school introduction have continually improved.
# Resources
Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity
Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.
# Erasmus
Quinn says days of apartheid in education are over as he launches €169m European programme
The programme will draw together multiple previous European programmes into one.
# Leaders' Questions
Ming: New garda whistleblower makes allegations about fake heroin dealing
A stolen file, a garda threat, and allegations of heroin dealing were raised by the independent TD in the Dáil today.
# grand designs
Quinn gives €35 million to schools so they can have nicer toilets and roofs
In total, 386 schools all across the country will receive the funding.
Voices
Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country
But it hasn’t helped them as those old-school types have made it next to impossible for young qualified types to get a permanent job.
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
Minister: There'll be a reshuffle in September but 'nobody knows' what's going to happen
Ruairí Quinn has also admitted that the coalition has to “work better together”.
# Under fire
Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?
The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?
# rumble for ruairi
Education Minister faces sustained heckling and booing as he speaks to secondary teachers
The minister had earlier today faced the ire of primary teachers.