The Government is to shelve controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildren. Photograph: iStock

The Government has shelved controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vu(...)

The Department of Education  says the move means parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability and schools will not require a formal application in order to access support.

Opposition is growing to plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildr(...)

File image of a silver Mercedes estate. File photograph: Cars Ireland

A child’s customised wheelchair was in the boot of a car that was stolen in Skerries, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Friday. Gardaí are invest(...)

Minister for Education Richard  Bruton said the new allocations will see the total number of SNAs rise to more than 14,100 by the end of the current school year. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,000 extra special needs assistants are to be allocated next year to help ensure all children who require support can access it. The inves(...)

The Special Needs Parents’ Association said it is troubled by the language used given the State’s obligation to provide education to all young people. File photograph: Getty Images

Parents of children with special needs have criticised “dangerous and insensitive” comments by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials(...)

Spending on special education has grown by almost half a billion euro since 2011, a rise of almost 40%. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has expressed alarm over sharp increases in the cost of education for children with special needs, which is costi(...)

Michelle McKeever and her son Ronan. “Why I went to Family Hope was because it made so much sense,” she says. Photograph: Rashida Keenan

Four years ago Michelle McKeever and her husband Paul felt like prisoners in their own home as they tried to cope with their then three-year-old son w(...)

The Department of Education. The assistant secretary general at the department said Mr Bruton’s legislation would boost the Ombudsman for Children’s capacity to investigate issues

A Fine Gael Deputy and former principal said he was “blown away” at how school boards of management were defending teachers at the centre of complain(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: a “fairer” model for allocation of supports will deliver earlier intervention and better outcomes for children with special needs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Major changes to the way teaching supports are provided to more than 100,000 children with special needs in primary and secondary school are due to co(...)

Louise Renwick with her children Shay (3) and Bobby (10 months) and members of the “Wine and Whine” Blessington Mums community support group. Photograph: Alan Betson

“So what is it about having a baby that is so hard?” The woman who was three months pregnant with her first baby wasn’t being smart. And she wasn’t re(...)

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