Top institutions have plenty of seats in Cabinet

“The two big Dublin universities have plenty of clout at the Cabinet table. In fact, all but four of the 15-member Cabinet are graduates of either UCD or Trinity, including the leaders of Fianna Fail and the Green Party. So are the four others who attend Cabinet in an official capacity — the Attorney General Paul Gallagher, and junior ministers Pat Carey and Barry Andrews, who are all UCD graduates, and Dermot McCarthy, Secretary General to the Government, who studied at Trinity. UCC has two graduates at the Cabinet table, Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Martin and Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe. NUI Maynooth has one in Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin …” (more)

[Independent, 12 March]

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