There was no time for pleasantries from Fine Gael’s Education spokesman Brian Hayes when it was announced that the new Minister for Education will be Mary ‘Calamity’ Coughlan.
He pointed out that the Fianna Fail Government’s lack of commitment to education was made abundantly clear by the appointment of Coughlan to the Education portfolio.
“It would be an understatement in the extreme to say that Mary Coughlan’s performance in Government has been less than stellar. By moving her to Education, Brian Cowen has made it abundantly clear that Education is clearly not a priority for him or his Government,” he said.
“This is a prime example of the disjointed and farcically botched job that Brian Cowen has made of the reshuffle. A new Government has never been needed more,” he said.