Earlier this year the Minister for Education announced 800 new SNA places in schools across the state. However, PBP TD, Gino Kenny, has been contacted by a number of parents and special needs assistants in his constituency stating that schools, particularly in Lucan, have had their allocation of SNAs reduced in the coming academic year.
Deputy Kenny said: ” There seems to be a glaring discrepancy in the allocation of SNAs to schools. A number of schools, particularly in Lucan, are down an amount of SNAs which will have a detrimental impact on local children’s educational and personal needs in September and beyond. It’s imperative that clarification is made by the National Council for Special Education to the relevant (SENO) Special Education Support Service of particular areas that no child is left without SNA provision this coming September. I will be writing to the Minister for further clarificationin the coming week.”