Ruairí Quinn, T.D., was appointed Minister for Education and Skills in March 2011 and served until July 2014. He has been a public representative since 1974 and a T.D. representing the people of Dublin South-East, now Dublin Bay South, since 1977.
As Minister for Education and Skills, reform, jobs and fairness were at the heart of his agenda and work progressed on issues such as:
- Patronage and pluralism
- Literacy and numeracy
- Improving teacher training
- Training and re-skilling the newly unemployed
- Reform of the Junior Cert, Leaving Cert and points system
- Improving our education system at all three levels.
Ruairí Quinn has broad political experience, having served as a Minister in six different Departments, including as Minister for Finance from 1993-1997. From his time in government to serving as Leader of the Labour Party between 1997 and 2002, his depth of experience and political acumen is extensive.
His political memoir, Straight Left - A Journey in Politics , was published in 2005. Before entering public life, Ruairí Quinn was an architect and town planner. He is married to Liz Allman. He has two sons and a daughter.