If anyone had any concerns over the state of education in Ireland before yesterday, they were duly confirmed at the Teachers Union of Ireland meeting in Cork. This placard, brandished here by an Enya lookalike, erroneously and humiliatingly introduces the word “vandaling” into the English language. It would have been an open goal for Batt O’Keeffe, if only he’d spotted it. The TUI said the government’s cuts would take education back 50 years – to a time when spelling a straightforward word like “vandalising” (or even “vandalizing”) would be second nature to most pupils, never mind teachers, presumably. No doubt we’ll find out the identity of this placard’s author over the coming days, but if it is a school teacher, they’d be well advised to ring in sick and lie low for the next couple of weeks. Or maybe they should just be made to write it out a hundred times.