Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 3 February 2014
Minister for Education
Education is in the news this morning...there are more young people completing their Leaving Cert than ever before...but details of a tax refund scheme reveal again the difference in opportunity between affluent schools in Dublin and the rest of the country.
When Ruairí Quinn became Minister, he pledged to tackle many of the issues that have plagued primary and secondary schools...patronage was top of his agenda and underperforming teachers are now also in his sights.
But facing the combined strength of the teacher unions and the Catholic Church, progress is not easy.
Minister Ruairí Quinn joined Sean in studio today.