A political learning experience

A political learning experience

An Education, How an Outsider Became an Insider and Learned what Really Goes on in Irish Government. By John Walshe. Penguin Ireland, €17

In April 2011, the veteran education journalist John Walshe received a phone call from Ruairi Quinn and agreed to meet him in Buswells Hotel. Walshe assumed that the new minister simply wanted to feed him a story. Instead he was asked to become Quinn’s special adviser, a chance to see government from the inside that left him thinking, “This is as good as it gets.”

An Education is Walshe’s account of the next three years...

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