Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are no official figures on the number of children with special needs who are do not have an appropriate school place, Minister for Education Joe(...)

A file photograph of Christopher Karagiorgis with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne. Photograph: Alan Betson

The refusal of a school-bus place to a boy with autism, cerebral palsy and a moderate learning disability goes against the spirit of legislation put i(...)

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No Child 2020 is an ongoing initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I am deeply conscious of the stress and anxiety facing parents and their children as we work to secure more places. It is a priority issue for the department.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of children with autism or special needs are without appropriate school places ahead of the start of the new school year, new figures indicat(...)

Marie Daly pictured last March at the Four Courts. Her case will now have to be fully reconsidered by the Labour Court. Photograph: Collins

A special needs assistant now paraplegic following a road accident has won, by a four to one majority, her Supreme Court appeal over a decision she ca(...)

Sharon Saunders, from  Tallaght, Co Dublin, pictured with her son Scott  (9). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Within days of starting junior infants, it was clear Scott could not cope in a mainstream classroom with dozens of other children. “He was getting ve(...)

Julieann McGovern and sons Dylan (5) and Cillian (7) from Drimnagh at a  protest over special needs in Dublin organised by Enough is Enough. Photograph: Fran Veale

Schools could be ordered to provide places for children with special needs due to an acute shortage of appropriate education places for children with (...)

 Fianna Fáil education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne:  Practice is  a ‘national scandal’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Schools who place pupils on reduced timetables as a form of sanction are acting “illegally” and breaching children’s constitutional right to education(...)

There will be a record 15,950 special needs assistants in school in the coming year, supporting about 37,500 pupils.

Almost 800 new special needs assistants are to be allocated to schools from September. The increased allocation reflects the fact that record numbers(...)

Parents of children with autism and other special needs at a  protest last week to demand equal access to education at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Almost 90 children with autism in a single Dublin postal district have no school place available for them next September. While they have all been di(...)

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