I know every time the kids are off school for any extended period of time there's always talk of how much lighter traffic is, how much easier it is to commute to work and why can't something be done to make it this easy all of the time.
I'm one of those people. Today it took me only an hour and fifteen minutes from door to desk instead of the usual hour and three quarters or more depending on the weather. So I have a somewhat radical proposal to forward that I think may sort the problems of all concerned.
Simple as that really. Kids just never go back ever again. We have perpetual easier commuting, they never have to go back to institutions that the vast majority of them hate anyway. I know there will be do gooders who will suggest that the young people of Ireland need to be "educated" but surely once you pick up the three Rs the rest of it is mostly superfluous.
Who, realistically needs to know advanced calculus, what chamber does what in the human heart or German?
I can see the downside, of course. Vast numbers of kids flooding the labour market lowering wages and, sadly, unemployment for Jo. But surely in order for us to make the tasty omlette that will be the freer movement of all of us in the morning on the road, we have to break some eggs.
Just have a think about it.