Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Deirdre Heney
Dublin Bay North

17 February 2016

Fianna Fáil will end the Government’s attacks on Special Needs Assistants provision – Heney

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay North Cllr Deirdre Heney has said that her party will overhaul Special Needs Assessment and increase resource teaching.

“Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition of investing in special needs education and we are committed to addressing the decimation of SNA support and resource teaching hours under this Government. This is a landmark year for Ireland, the centenary of the 1916 Rising where the proclamation committed to ‘cherishing all children of the nation equally.’ We will ensure the SNA role is developed into that of an Edu-Carer helping the child to develop and thrive.

“The lack of SNAs and supports to primary and secondary schools for children with special needs is a real issue for people across Dublin. The failure of this Government in the provision of SNAs and resource teaching hours has been shameful. Fianna Fáil is committed to restoring resource teaching hours to 100% of National Council for Special Education recommended hours.

“If elected I will work to change the SNA structure to ensure they spend more time in the classroom. Fianna Fáil is also committed to providing an additional 100 psychologists. It is only through supporting children with special needs, as well as the Special Needs Assistants will we ensure that the recovery is felt by the vulnerable in our society.

“The Government has neglected special needs children. Fianna Fáil is committed to ending this two tiered recovery and building an Ireland for all,” vowed Cllr Heney.