Our Motion Seeks To Strengthen Job Protection For Special Needs Assistants – Mattie McGrath

The Rural Independent Group has urged the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, to acknowledge that a lack of job security as wells as an exhaustive application process are among some of the obstacles preventing the full participation of Special Needs Assistants in schools. Speaking ahead of the Rural Groups’ Private Members motion on the issue […]

Tipp schools hit hard by SNA cuts – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has asked the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to immediately clarify why several schools in county Tipperary have seen significant reductions in their allocation of Special Needs Assistants.  Deputy McGrath was speaking after being contacted in relation to such schools in both south and north Tipperary: “The situation is quite serious […]

Alliance against Cutbacks in Education [ACE] Crucifying the Innocent to balance the books

6 months ago, the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, was busy in the media defending the decision of his Labour and Fine Gael colleagues to attack the level of provision for children with special needs. The allocation of Special Needs Assistants [SNA’s] was to be dramatically reigned in and the provision of vital one-to-one resource-teaching […]