Thanks very much for visiting the site, I’m delighted to be representing Dublin Bay North and am looking forward to the challenge of my new role as Minister for Education and Skills.
At the very heart of what this Government is trying to do is to use our economic success to make life a little easier for everyone. Education is in a unique position. It can help Ireland to greater success and also make Ireland a fairer place. It will be important to improve upon the progress made in Education by children who struggle because of disadvantage or disability.
My ambiton is to make Ireland the best in Europe in delivering Education Services. This will be a challenge but we have many strengths to build upon.
In my previous role as Minister for Jobs, I undertook to create 100,000 jobs by 2016. People thought we were mad at the time, we were in the middle of a recession with an unemployment rate of over 15%. Howerver, by working together across government to tight deadlines and being willing to embrace disruptive reforms, we managed to not only reach our target but to exceed it and are now on target to reach 200,000 new jobs by the end of 2016.
I decided to go into politics because I got great satisfaction helping people in their dealings with their day to day problems, whether they be in Health, Housing or local services. I also saw a great opportunity to move from my work in evaluating public policy in the ESRI as an economist to changing it as a Councillor, TD and Minister.
My wife Susan and our four children live on Griffith Avenue. For exercise and switching off, I am happiest in the kitchen cooking Chicken Balti and listening to Leonard Cohen or Jools Holland’s latest discovery.
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