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Withdrawal of Special Needs Teachers a Cruel attack on the Most Vulnerable – Ferris

11 February, 2009


EU Candidate, Cllr Toireasa Ferris this morning described the withdrawal of funding for 119 special needs teachers as a cruel and heartless attack on the most vulnerable which will have long term detrimental effects on thousands of children across Munster. It contrasts sharply with the other news this morning that the discredited financial regulator, Patrick Neary, was given a secret €600,000 to retire as well as his pension of €142,000 a year. Toireasa Ferris said: "This morning's shock announcement that the government is to withdraw funding for 119 special needs teachers is a cruel and heartless attack on the most vulnerable children in our school system. It clearly is the beginning of the dismantling of the special needs system. Thousands of children with special needs will now not receive this support, which is often the difference between them having the ability to make full use of the education system or leave primary school without a good basic education." "Special needs children will now be returned to the full class, further adding to the numbers and the abilities of the classroom teacher to give individual attention to each child." "This attack on the most vulnerable children in our society in order to save government funds contrasts with the revelations that discredited financial regulator, Patrick Neary was given a secret €600,000 to retire as well as his pension of €142,000 a year. Those who had no hand in creating the present crisis are again being punished while those who were part of the system are still reaping huge rewards.

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