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# Special Needs Assistants

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SNAs call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
A union representative said many risk passing Covid-19 on to vulnerable students.
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 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.
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.
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.
Special needs assistants vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action
A total of 97% of members voted in favour of the action.
An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September
Some 864 assistants will be allocated in the coming days.
Boost in numbers means there are now more special needs assistants than gardaí
An extra 115 special needs assistants will be available in January.
Teachers in charge of Ireland's special needs classes not always qualified
They often feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of their students, a new ESRI report has found.
Every single child who needs a special needs assistant will get one
Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the increase will support 160 new special classes – many for children on the autism spectrum.
610 new Special Needs Assistants are on their way to Irish schools
The dedicated assistants will be employed from September 2015 onwards.
Subway advertise for 'Sandwich Artist' intern through JobBridge
The placement is at a store in Galway City.
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.
Martin warns of 'covert clampdown' on Special Needs Assistant supports
The Fianna Fáil leader says that new rules on SNAs will lead to “widespread cuts”.
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.
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.
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.
TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts
A Fianna Fáil motion, to be voted upon on next Wednesday, asks for increased teaching staff to meet the workload.
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.
Cuts in teaching support for special needs children "utterly unacceptable"
The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.
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.
Parents to protest at Dáil against special needs cuts
Organisers have said they expect a “substantial turnout” at the demonstration later today.
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.
Thousands expected at protest against Special Needs cutbacks
The government says 200 positions have to be cut, but independent TDs say positions should be safeguarded.
The Daily Fix: Thursday
In today’s Fix: FF ministers appointed over 100 to state boards in final days; Gaddafi parades through Tripoli; and an alligator takes inspiration from Bronx Zoo cobra.