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Fianna Fáil vote against their own manifesto pledge to restore cuts to resource hours – Nolan

9 March, 2017

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan TD has slammed Fianna Fáil for voting against Sinn Féin’s amendment to the motion on Special Education, which took place earlier this afternoon in the Dáil.

Teachta Nolan said:

“The Fianna Fáil party made a pledge to the people before the last election that they would restore the cruel cut of 15% in resource hours for children with special educational needs.

“In our amendment to their motion, we sought to restore this cut, provide additional investment in early intervention, and establish a mechanism to address unanticipated demand for resources under the new resource allocation model.

“This amendment would have provided additional certainty to schools where the resources allocated under the new model are not sufficient to meet demand.

“Inclusion Ireland, the NCSE , and the Department of Education’s Inspectorate have all called for a mechanism to be established to address such a situation.

“Given the fact that the details of the appeals mechanism have not been revealed and the inclusion support service has not yet been established, schools and parents are now in limbo in cases where children with complex special educational needs come into the system.

“Unfortunately, both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted against our amendment to provide additional safeguards for children with special educational needs and instead chose to play a cynical political game with this very important issue.

“This is yet another example where Fianna Fáil have said one thing during an election campaign and then failed to act when push comes to shove.

“Unfortunately in this case, it is vulnerable children and their parents that have been let down as a result.” 

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