The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

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Ruairí Quinn: “I have asked the national parents council to look at ways in which they can, with the schools, move towards generic uniforms”

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