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If somebody trusts a teacher and something has happened, and I know this myself from having taught in third level, they will go to the person with whom they feel most comfortable. It could be the cleaner, it could be the maintenance man, or it could be the physical education or sports teacher.

Minister for Education Ruari Quinn defending cuts to guidance counsellor hours at the launch of new national guidelines for preventing suicide in secondary schools. My guidance counsellor in secondary school was actually a lot less useful than the maintenance man, or the physical education or sports teacher. Which is saying something.