Saturday 16 December 2017

'Quitting was his only option' ­ - constituents

RUAIRI Quinn's decision to step down as education minister and not to run in the next general election was welcomed by many in his local Dublin South-East constituency.

Jacinta Murphy (57,) from Ringsend, said she was delighted that the Labour TD had withdrawn from his post ahead of the cabinet reshuffle.

"I think he probably realised what he has done to the education system, particularly in his own area," she told the Herald.

"I think that he has forgotten where he came from and everything that was important to him when we all supported him in the '80s," she added.

Deborah Fox (38) echoed the sentiment that the politician's decision not to run will not make much difference to his heartland. She said: "At 68 it was time for him to go and I don't really think it's going to be a huge loss to the area."

Keith Hopkins (30) said that his stepping down is a sign of things to come for the Labour party.

"It's time for a change," he said and added that "he is probably just the first to go. He is one of the old guard and in the next election we'll see the damage that Labour have done to themselves. Independents and Sinn Fein have done so much more for this area."

Roisin Murray (43) from Ringsend said someone with fresh ideas is needed.

"The education system is a joke at the moment. Class sizes are leaving teachers overworked and its affecting everyone," she said.

Jason Bowden (40) from Ringsend said: "He has just jumped a sinking ship. The whole party needs to be freshened up anyway. We need younger people with fresher ideas and representatives that are in touch with the people."

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