Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil says the Education Minister must ensure that places are made available to children with special needs in every new or refurbished school.

New information provided to the Party reveals that new schools are being built without any provision for places for children with special needs.

Deputy Brassil said, “Parents in Kerry and right across the country are facing real problems in securing places for children with special needs, and in some cases are forced to have their kids educated at home because the places are simply not there.

“My party has highlighted this issue time and time again, and earlier this year brought forward a special motion in the Dáil to address the shortfalls in special needs education, however virtually no progress has been made. In fact, the correspondence received by my colleague Thomas Byrne reveals that new schools are being built without any provision for additional places for children with special needs.

“Fine Gael are essentially dismissing children with special needs by failing to ensure that all new or refurbished schools have places for them. If it continues with this policy, the infrastructure deficit will continue and worsen.

“I am calling on Minister McHugh to conduct a review into the current practice and give children with special needs the priority they deserve”, concluded Deputy Brassil.