McGrath must intervene with McHugh over short school days for children with disabilities – Murphy O’Mahony

Published on: 05 September 2019

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has called on the Minister for Disability Finian McGrath to intervene with Education Minister Joe McHugh to ensure that all children with disabilities have access to a full time school place.

A report from Inclusion Ireland, published today, has found that one in four children with a disability are being denied the opportunity to attend school for a full day.

“Today’s report needs to act as a wake-up call for Minister McGrath. He must fight at Cabinet to ensure that the practice of “short school days” ends and that all children are given the right to a full education. How can we vindicate the rights of people with disabilities if as children they do not get the best start in life?”, asked Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.

“The Programme for Government states that people with disabilities should be supported in maximising their potential, by removing barriers which impact on access to services, education, work or healthcare.

“However, the reality of what is happening in our schools shows that children with disabilities are being excluded and that the government is failing to meet a key commitment. Minister McGrath needs to step up on this one.”

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