Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary Jackie Cahill has expressed concern about the €19m capital budget reduction in education.

He outlined his frustration that very little progress was made in securing admin days for teaching principals in schools with ASD units.

Deputy Cahill explained, “While some progress was made in securing an additional day for teaching principals in some 1760 schools, no provision was made for schools with specific ASD units. What is more worrying is the fact that there has been a €19 million reduction in the capital budget for education.

“There are almost 900 children with special needs receiving home tuition last year because they were unable to secure a school place. Here in Tipperary, 15 children were left waiting for a place during the 2017/18 school year and had to be taught at home. This leaves them at a huge disadvantage – they’re not being allowed to integrate into a school setting or build relationships with school friends. Instead, they’re forced to stay at home and have a tutor come to them.

“The fact that so many children are unable to access school places raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to deliver on already announced education projects. This, combined with a reduction in the capital budget for education, shows where this government’s priorities are”, concluded Deputy Cahill.