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#SNAs

# snas - Monday 5 April, 2021

SNAs call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
# Rollout
# Rollout

SNAs call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines

Apr 5th 2021, 2:39 PM 24,701 Views 39 Comments

A union representative said many risk passing Covid-19 on to vulnerable students.

# snas - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

Almost 3,000 people call for formal accreditation of first SNA training course
# UCD
# UCD

Almost 3,000 people call for formal accreditation of first SNA training course

Mar 30th 2021, 6:30 AM 33,703 Views 37 Comments

“If we get accredited, it feels like you put the work in and you achieved something,” SNA Linda Sullivan said.

# snas - Monday 18 January, 2021

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers

Updated Jan 18th 2021, 8:49 PM 102,379 Views 118 Comments

Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.

# snas - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 7th 2020, 8:05 PM 45,002 Views 25 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Jun 23rd 2020, 6:08 PM 24,299 Views 29 Comments

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
# Back To School
# Back To School

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

Updated Jun 12th 2020, 2:42 PM 14,619 Views 15 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Government defers controversial 'School Inclusion Model' for SNAs

Updated Apr 2nd 2020, 8:55 PM 36,352 Views 9 Comments

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
# Reassigned
# Reassigned

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

Apr 1st 2020, 1:07 PM 54,989 Views 40 Comments

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
# Labour Court
# Labour Court

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

Oct 4th 2018, 6:46 PM 45,714 Views 0 Comments

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
# WRC
# WRC

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

Aug 2nd 2018, 3:43 PM 30,043 Views 0 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Jun 2nd 2018, 9:00 PM 20,075 Views 26 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Government announces 800 additional SNAs in schools for next term

May 18th 2018, 6:15 AM 16,519 Views 17 Comments

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
# Numbers Boost
# Numbers Boost

An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September

Jul 5th 2017, 6:58 PM 11,532 Views 24 Comments

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
# Increase
# Increase

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

Dec 28th 2016, 3:10 PM 10,052 Views 11 Comments

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
# Schools
# Schools

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

Apr 28th 2016, 10:30 PM 18,883 Views 34 Comments

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
# Good News
# Good News

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

Jul 7th 2015, 5:34 PM 24,163 Views 50 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Sep 18th 2014, 3:28 PM 16,598 Views 65 Comments

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
# Impact
# Impact

Special needs assistants unsure if they will have work in September

Jun 25th 2014, 5:12 PM 14,398 Views 12 Comments

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
# We Care Do You
# We Care Do You

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

Jun 1st 2014, 8:45 AM 9,362 Views 41 Comments

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
# Equality
# Equality

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

May 16th 2014, 1:08 PM 6,312 Views 39 Comments

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
# SNAs
# SNAs

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

Dec 3rd 2013, 6:15 PM 9,358 Views 44 Comments

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
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced

Oct 21st 2013, 1:44 PM 7,610 Views 8 Comments

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
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

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

Sep 19th 2013, 11:21 AM 3,283 Views 20 Comments

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
# Back To School
# Back To School

118 new classes to open for children with special needs

Sep 9th 2013, 10:08 AM 6,239 Views 37 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:00 AM 609 Views 31 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Demonstration over special needs education to go ahead today

Jun 26th 2013, 6:30 AM 2,659 Views 11 Comments

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?
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

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

Jun 25th 2013, 7:45 AM 2,607 Views 3 Comments

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
# SNAs
# SNAs

INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts

Jun 20th 2013, 8:19 PM 2,942 Views 41 Comments

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
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

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

Jun 20th 2013, 11:23 AM 3,668 Views 44 Comments

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

# snas - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

91 new classes for children with special needs announced
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

91 new classes for children with special needs announced

Aug 22nd 2012, 7:45 PM 7,667 Views 50 Comments

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
# Special Education
# Special Education

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

Jun 13th 2012, 7:34 PM 3,514 Views 8 Comments

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’
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Sep 14th 2011, 7:43 AM 71 Views 6 Comments

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
# Schools
# Schools

Special needs cuts 'devastating' for struggling parents

Sep 7th 2011, 11:43 AM 1,060 Views 19 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

Government wins Dáil vote on SNAs

Jul 13th 2011, 10:00 PM 908 Views 16 Comments

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.