Why this Dáil may actually grasp the nettle of higher education funding
Richard Bruton has made it clear that the report is now very much the property of the Education Committee
The danger for opposition figures in education has always been to over promise and that especially is the case in the area of funding for higher education. Photograph: Frank Miller.
Doing the right thing in Irish politics frequently takes a lot of courage, but just sometimes requires a bit of good luck along the way. Richard Bruton may have stumbled across some good luck in trying to resolve the thorny issue of funding higher education in Ireland. For it is the perennial subject that every Minister for Education kicks into the long grass. Like national pension policy, it is always an issue for the next administration.
And despite the narrative that this Dail cannot or will not make difficult decisions, in a funny way the current composition of Dáil Éireann makes it possible for lasting reform in this area.