08 February 2010

Fitzgerald calls for Minister to address issues surrounding SNAs

Local FG Senator leads the charge in calling for answers in Seanad √Čireann
Raising the issue of the number of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to be withdrawn from schools, local Fine Gael Seanad Leader, Senator Frances Fitzgerald called for Minister O’Keeffe to address the Seanad immediately outlining the current situation.

“There is widespread confusion surrounding this matter and parents are understandably concerned about what is going on. I raised this crucial matter in the Seanad and lead the charge in calling for the Minister to come into the chamber to outline what exactly is happening in relation to SNAs.

“If we are following a policy of inclusion the removal of hundreds of SNA is certainly not the way to go. How are children with special needs and their schools expected to cope if this policy is implemented?

“We need to properly assess the needs of all of our children, identify their educational needs and then set about meeting and fulfilling those needs – anything less is an absolutely dereliction of duty. The Minister must immediately address the situation and not leave parent, and their children, hanging on one minute more.”