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Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Bhí an tAire ceart nuair a dúirt sí go mba chóir go mbeadh na scoileanna seo oscailte. Aontaím léi go huile is go hiomlán. Is mór an náire í, áfach, agus is scannal é go bhfuil na gasúir seo sáite i lár cogaidh cumarsáide atá nimhneach idir an Aire Stáit agus an Aire agus na ceardchumainn. Ní...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and appreciate his indulgence. I again note that I was not given the facility to reply by the Deputies. To Deputy Pringle, I say that after five months of school closures, from March to August, there was a view, shared by the Deputy and others, that it would not be possible to reopen the schools. In my Ministry, we delivered the reopening of schools after...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: There is no question around the intent of this Government to deliver for children with additional needs. We do that in a co-operative fashion with everyone in the education sector.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Go raibh míle maith agat, a Aire.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: If I may make a quick point of order, I did not table a question. I am fully conscious of the rules and I chose to use my two and a half minutes just to make a statement, that is all. I am very conscious of the rules and I did not ask a question.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am very conscious of that.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.37 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy. I acknowledge her very positive and constructive contribution this evening and, indeed, her positive and ongoing positive contribution to every debate on the education sector. I would say, given the Deputy referenced the concern among teachers, SNAs and others working in the school community, that I know those concerns. I engage on an ongoing basis with the...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Michael Collins is sharing time with Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Michael Collins: With regard to special needs, it is a very difficult time for everybody and I respect that and I am not going to add to that difficulty. On the question of going back to school, up to now it has kind of been the cart before the horse, or that is what people have been saying - announce the openings first and then have discussions afterwards. Doing it this way is causing a lot of false hope...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy. To clarify the question of announcements first and discussions next, all discussions have taken place first and announcements have then been made, and they have been done collaboratively. When the Department has made announcements, similar announcements have been made by those who have been at the table also. In terms of the results from the November 2020 exams, that...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I am here, like everybody else, trying to help. I believe that for those with special difficulties in education, we must find the road map forward. Deputy Ó Cuív and others have suggested the Minister would go into a tunnel with the teaching bodies, the SNA representatives and the parents’ representatives. I know of some traumatic situations for parents, as we all do....

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy and appreciate his positive contribution. He referenced all who work in the school community and he particularly referred to boards of management, which I also acknowledge personally. These are individuals who volunteer and generously give so much of their time. I acknowledge their contribution as well that of the entire community, which the Deputy also referenced. ...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Pringle is sharing time with Deputy Connolly.

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Thomas Pringle: I am not going to beat around the bush. I think the Minister, Deputy Foley, and the Minister of State, Deputy Madigan, should resign. To say that the handling of the reopening of schools has been an omnishambles would be the understatement of the year. I suppose it is still January, but given how awful this Government is, I am sure there are more fiascos en route. The Department's press...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Chris Andrews: Parents of children with additional needs are battling for rights every day. The current setback is nothing new for them. One example of the ongoing battle that children with additional needs have is the 37A process for autism spectrum disorder, ASD, classes in south Dublin, which was set in train by the former Minister, Deputy McHugh, and has now finished. Following the closure of the 37A...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Josepha Madigan: I thank Deputy Andrews for his query. We issued 39 notices to various schools under section 37A of the Education Act because it is important where there is a dearth of places in a particular area, and I am aware of the issues in Dublin 4 and Dublin 6. With regard to these 39 schools, two notices were issued and we are now in the process of looking through the submissions. On-site...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Verona Murphy: I am slightly lost for words, which the Ceann Comhairle knows is not my style. I have heard it all and everybody has heard it. I do not believe for a minute that either the Minister or Minister of State has turned a deaf ear or do not feel what is being said or have not done their best. Equally, I do not believe our schoolteachers or special needs assistants have done so. I have never...

Covid-19 (Special Educational Needs Provision): Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: It is interesting that Deputy Bríd Smith referenced issues that she claimed have been ongoing for ten and 12 years. I remind the Deputy that this Government has been in place for six months. Within that six months with regard to the commitment and the determination to progress special education, we have a budget in excess of €2 billion. The largest and most significant budget...

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