NEWLY appointed Labour Party senator Mary Moran made her maiden speech in the Seanad last Tuesday when she spoke on the allocation of language support teachers and of resource teachers for special needs pupils in the context of the Employment Control Framework.
The mother of five said that raising disability awareness issues would be one of her main goals following her election and she backed that up with her first speech in the 24th Seanad.
She said: “As a mother of a child with special needs I am well aware of the lack of services for people with a disability in this country at present. It is my intention to use the Seanad to raise awareness and address disability issues on an ongoing basis. The recent Primetime programme on carers highlights the urgent need for improvement in this area.”
She spoke to Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and asked him to prioritise special needs education “so that the most vulnerable of our citizens are afforded the most protection.”