Plan to reopen schools the culmination of a hard-nosed policy

With huge investment, complex logistics and guidelines, early indications are it just might work

Norma Foley had her best moment as Minister for Education on Monday after a shaky July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Norma Foley had her best moment as Minister for Education on Monday after a shaky July. Photograph: Alan Betson

A little over 40 years ago in 1979 then minister for health Charles J Haughey introduced an insipid policy on making contraception more available. It was designed not to offend the conservative forces then dominant in Irish society.

“An Irish solution to an Irish problem,” is how Haughey grandiosely described the scheme.

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