Teacher Linda Ward Hanlon with seven-year-old Charlie Carr. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Charlie Carr (7) was up early on Thursday morning and waiting at his front door with his Avengers lunchbox and red raincoat. “He was happy out, laugh(...)

Jane Johnstone and her son, Daniel (16) from Bridgetown, Co Wexford. He is due to return to his special school on Thursday for the first since before Christmas. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Daniel Johnstone (16) is due to return to his special school on Thursday for the first since before Christmas. The long closure has taken its toll. (...)

 Angelina Hynes with her daughter Zoe (9) at their home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Angelina Hynes felt a wave of relief when she heard confirmation that the Government is planning to keep special schools open for children. “I’m bey(...)