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#Special Needs Assistants

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Saturday 14 October, 2017

Special needs assistants vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action

A total of 97% of members voted in favour of the action.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Tuesday 9 August, 2016

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.

# special-needs-assistants - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Subway advertise for 'Sandwich Artist' intern through JobBridge

The placement is at a store in Galway City.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Sunday 18 May, 2014

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”.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Friday 21 June, 2013

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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

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.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

Parents to protest at Dáil against special needs cuts

Organisers have said they expect a “substantial turnout” at the demonstration later today.

# special-needs-assistants - 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.

# special-needs-assistants - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

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.

# special-needs-assistants - Thursday 14 April, 2011

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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.