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Minister for Education's support for Tigh Nan Dooley welcomed – Ó Clochartaigh

18 June, 2015


Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has welcomed support from the Minister of Education & Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, for the Tigh Nan Dooley special school in Connemara.

The Minister was responding to a question Senator Ó Clochartaigh asked of her in the Seanad this morning seeking clarification as to when the department will make funding available to provide extra resources and classrooms in the school in Carraroe, Co. Galway, so that they can provide a full curriculum to the students there.  

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“It is positive that the Minister encouraged the school to apply for support to upgrade the centre which is prepared already for adaptation as classroom space and to make it suitably accessible, with a lift and other infrastructure. 

“I am also satisfied that he Minister clarified that it should not be necessary to go through the capital funding programme, as this is a much more time consuming process.

“These children should be given extra support in light of the extremely challenging health issues they have. They have a superb support staff and parents who are extremely committed to their development and the department therefore has a duty to give them every help they can. It would be a very positive outcome if the department were to fund the necessary works at Tigh Nan Dooley'.

“We will hold the government to account to ensure that this support is turned into concrete developments and that the extra space is adapted as soon as possible.” 

Note:

Tigh Nan Dooley is a special school located in Carraroe, Co. Galway. It provides an education to pupils with special educational needs including moderate, severe and profound general learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. It is under the patronage of Ability West. The school received permanent recognition from the Department of Education and Skills in 2010. It operates through the medium of Irish. 

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