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Murphy O'Mahony, Margaret

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the recommendations of the recent review by the National Council for Special Education of the special needs assistant scheme will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Go raibh maith agat. I will start by saying what a fantastic job the Acting Chairman is doing. Perhaps he is one to watch for the future. I will share my time with my colleague, Deputy Michael M...More Button

Can I have five minutes extra? Will the recommendations of the recent review by the National Council for Special Education, NCSE, on the special needs assistant, SNA, scheme be implemented? Will ...More Button

Last week during a debate on special needs assistants, my good colleague, Deputy Thomas Byrne, highlighted how some parts of the report are deemed urgent by the NCSE. One of these concerns complex...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision (Continued)

I am worth it. The report also mentions the renaming of SNAs as "inclusion support assistants". Will that recommendation be implemented? The term SNA is very well known at this stage and I wonde...More Button

Disabilities Assessments

What steps is the Minister of State taking to address the disgraceful situation whereby the waiting time for an autism spectrum disorder assessment for children in Cork city and county, many of who...More Button

More than 1,150 children in Cork are waiting on stage 2 of the assessment of needs process. These children are waiting for clinical assessments to be completed and roughly 900 have been referred...More Button

Disabilities Assessments (Continued)

I am glad the Minister of State accepted that the waiting lists are increasing but acceptance is not good enough. At this stage we need strong and fast action. Early intervention is of the utmost...More Button