Minister for Education Norma Foley

This afternoon.

Further to Gradesgate

The Sinn Féin spokesperson for education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on Education Minister Norma Foley to make a statement in the Dáil on errors which have been spotted in the calculated grades system.

He also said that she should take questions from TDs following her statement.

“The Minister for Education needs to come before the Dáil urgently, make a statement and answer the many serious questions that now arise.

“According to the Taoiseach, the government knew about these errors last week. The second round of CAO offers went out last Wednesday. Did the government allow the second round offers to proceed knowing that these problems existed?” he asked.

He said that 800 and 900 students may have lost out of their college place due to the errors.

Sinn Féin calls on Norma Foley to make Dáil statement (

Earlier: The Errors ‘Affect Around 10% Of This Year’s 61,000 Leaving Certificate Students’


26 thoughts on “The New Norma

  1. Charger Salmons

    Unusually for me I have quite a dislike for this woman based on her TV appearances.
    Smug and self-satisfied aren’t the half of it.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      From her speech today… She’s known for a week.

      “on Wednesday last, the sec gen of Dept of Education told me a mistake was spotted by a Canadian company Polymetrika international.
      We knew one line out of 50,000 lines of code had a mistake in it. we knew that mistake would impact on the results of some students
      It was important to find out as much a possible about the mistake before making an announcement.”

      “6,500 students received a grade lower than they ought to have received
      “Checks indicate error has affected 7,200 grades.

      Polymetrika international were just having a gander than? Or were they paid for running this in the first place?

      So did that ‘one line’ affect a particular grouping of people, a particular geographical area, a particular type of school, a particular demographic? That needs to be told.

        1. GiggidyGoo

          Seems an agreed price of something like €75,000 was the original, but of course it ended up being €160,000 or so. Herself not too good at maths or something.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    Isn’t it odd that we are leaders in IT, software, coding etc. etc., and they get a Canadian outfit to make a mess of it?
    Sure isn’t that our big selling point for attracting these type of companies here – and not the brass plate?

  3. V AKA Frilly Keane

    McCullough there on the Six1 made absolute spit of Sister Norma
    Catch it on the plus one if ye can

    Absolute state of it
    Even his big fed uppy huff off camera was entirely justified
    Empathy with the viewers I suppose


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