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04 Oct 2022

Louth pupils protest at Leinster House against lack of Special Needs Assistants

Scoil Naomh Colmcille

Louth pupils protest at Leinster House against lack of Special Needs Assistants

Scoil Naomh Colmcille pupils protest at Leinster House against lack of Special Needs Assistants (Pic: Senator John McGahon)

Pupils from Scoil Naomh Cholmcille in Tullydonnell, Togher, Co. Louth, held a protest at the gates of Leinster House yesterday, against a lack of Special Needs Assistants (SNA's) for their school.

School Principal Anne-Marie Ford, shared some of the details of the protest on her social media channels following the protest. In one Tweet sent by Principal Ford, she said that "The children asked, ‘Mrs. Ford, why do we have to beg?’ Why indeed?".

Following the protest, Louth TD, Fergus O'Dowd said in a statement that, "the Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan, accompanied me and my colleagues Senator John McGahon and Cllr Paula Butterly to meet with the Scoil Naomh Cholmcille Principal, Anne Marie Ford, on Wednesday afternoon at the gates of Leinster House. 

"The Minister and I also met with a number of the families and agreed to follow up the matter expeditiously with the NCSE(National Council for Special Education) and the school. 

"Once this NCSE meeting has taken place, I will be pressing for a suitable outcome that fully meets the needs of the children in the school. I will continue to fully support the school and the parents council in their campaign for appropriate supports to be put in place", Deputy O'Dowd added.

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