Special needs school closures: ‘Our children cannot cope’

A mother of two children with autism is ‘resentful’ about trade unions’ positions

Eleanor Bermingham with her sons Mikey (13) and Darragh (8) and their dog, Ralph, at home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Eleanor Bermingham with her sons Mikey (13) and Darragh (8) and their dog, Ralph, at home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

The “saddest” aspect of the continued closure of special schools is the sense that the schools “don’t care” for the children attending them in the way parents had assumed, a mother says.

Eleanor Bermingham, a single mother of two autistic boys from Co Kildare, says the impasse is “causing a lot of negative feeling” towards schools and teachers.

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