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Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 181.  Deputy Seán Crowe Information on Sean Crowe Zoom on Sean Crowe  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will confirm when a school place will be made available to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17. [16159/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through the local special educational needs organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary and post primary schools for special educational needs supports, including the establishment of special classes in various geographical areas as required. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in allocating such support.

The NCSE also has a role to assist parents in identifying suitable school placements for children with special educational needs.

[770]All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child’s special educational needs, using the contact details available on

I have arranged for the matters raised by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their direct reply.

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