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# snas - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Exercise and eat healthily: Covid-19 guidance to SNAs raises questions

The new guidance comes weeks after staff and pupils have returned to school.

# snas - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Lack of safety guidance on schools putting staff and students 'at risk', warns trade union

Fórsa was critical of the Department of Education in a submission to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee.

# snas - Friday 12 June, 2020

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

# snas - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Government defers controversial 'School Inclusion Model' for SNAs

The Department is deferring the introduction of the new model due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

# snas - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Special Needs Assistants will be redeployed to other public services to free up frontline workers

The initial priority will be in community services for children with a disability.

# snas - Thursday 4 October, 2018

SNAs at Dublin school to get €650 gift vouchers to carry out toileting duties for special needs pupils

The Labour Court made the recommendation as a measure to halt the dispute between SNAs and Scoil Muchua.

# snas - Thursday 2 August, 2018

Mother blasts lack of apology after daughter with spina bifida treated by school staff wearing face masks

Employees wore face masks while dealing with the girl, despite her not having a contagious disease.

# snas - Saturday 2 June, 2018

School says children 'may have to remain in their wheelchairs' due to SNA cuts

The Dublin primary school has warned parents that there will be “a serious disruption of services” in September.

# snas - Friday 18 May, 2018

Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term

This will bring to 15,000 the number of SNAs working in schools – a 42% increase on 2011.

# snas - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September

Some 864 assistants will be allocated in the coming days.

# snas - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Boost in numbers means there are now more special needs assistants than gardaí

An extra 115 special needs assistants will be available in January.

# snas - Thursday 28 April, 2016

566 new resource teachers are on their way for children with special needs

Resource teachers are in addition to the mainstream class teacher.

# snas - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

610 new Special Needs Assistants are on their way to Irish schools

The dedicated assistants will be employed from September 2015 onwards.

# snas - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Why are schools using JobBridge to hire SNAs? The Minister's pledging to find out

Primary schools are looking to fill 56 SNA positions through the JobBridge scheme.

# snas - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Special needs assistants unsure if they will have work in September

The overall number of SNAs are up, but some schools have lost out on hours.

# snas - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Schools are campaigning against new plans for reviews of special needs assistants

A circular by the Department of Education outlines new guidelines that would see children with special needs subjected to reviews to keep their SNA supports.

# snas - Friday 16 May, 2014

Opinion: Children with special needs are being failed – this is not inclusive education

We are a society, not a collection of economic units where some of our children can be victimised in the name of “value for money”.

# snas - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.

# snas - Monday 21 October, 2013

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced

The National Council for Special Education said the new positions brings this year’s allocation to more than 5,700.

# snas - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Gilmore: Nobody is going to be barred from the insolvency process

The Tánaiste was speaking at his first Leaders’ Questions of the new Dáil term this morning.

# snas - Monday 9 September, 2013

118 new classes to open for children with special needs

The classes will be based in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools.

# snas - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Even as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn “was doing the right thing on resource hours, he refused to back down on Special Needs Assistants”, writes the FF leader.

# snas - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today

The planned protests over special needs education will go ahead as planned today, despite the Education Minister’s announcement yesterday, with parents saying the protest is not solely about raising awareness of the single issue of resource hours.

# snas - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?

The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.

# snas - Thursday 20 June, 2013

INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.

Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching

Children with special educational needs face a reduction in the amount of time allocated to them from next September. But Eamon Gilmore said this did not amount to a cut.

# snas - Thursday 4 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Thursday

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# snas - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

91 new classes for children with special needs announced

Dozens of additional special needs classes will be provided across the country for September.

# snas - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours

There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.

# snas - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Column: ‘Therapists are told to prescribe the cheapest equipment’

Ahead of a planned Dáil protest today, mother Lorraine Dempsey describes the daily struggle faced by parents of children with special needs.

# snas - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

Special needs cuts 'devastating' for struggling parents

Protesters will mass at Government Buildings next week in the hope of reversing cuts in care for children with special needs.

# snas - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Government wins Dáil vote on SNAs

A motion was also put forward to reverse the cuts to Special Needs Assistants but, notably, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was not present to vote against it.