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Wednesday, 6th November 2019

New schools must have places for children with special needs – Breathnach

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Deputy Declan Breathnach.

Louth Fianna Fáil TD, Declan Breathnach, has called on the Minister for Education to ensure that all new and refurbished schools in Co. Louth will include a provision for children with special needs.

Deputy Breathnach made the call after Fianna Fáil received information that schools are still being built without places for children with special needs.

"Every August I am contacted by parents of children with special needs who are struggling to find a suitable place for their child” Breathnach said.

“Almost every year there is a major panic from the Department of Education when they realise they do not have suitable places. Yet they are still building or expanding schools without providing additional places for pupils with special educational needs.

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"It makes absolutely no sense, in this day and age, that the Government are developing education infrastructure that does not have the capacity to meet the needs of all potential students.

“There needs to be some joined up thinking and changes need to be made to ensure all new or refurbished schools in Louth are given the necessary resources and support to be fully equipped for special educational needs” he concluded.

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