Gail O’Driscoll, 32, from Cork, and her son, 12-year old Ciaran, who was diagnosed with severe autism and intellectual disability at the age of 3 and a half.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s been one of the longest and most bitter fights in special education policy circles, and it still rumbles on. Campaigners for a particular form of(...)

Mary Doherty with her son Aaron: parents are battling an inflexible system.Photograph:  Alan Betson

When the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn proposed a 10 per cent cut in resource teaching hours for pupils with special needs last year, the rea(...)