TDs raise pressure to reverse cuts on Special Needs Assistants

The Government is coming under increased pressure to reverse cutbacks to Special Needs Assistants in primary schools.

Members of the Technical Group of TDs are holding a joint press conference later to highlight what they call the "criminal damage" imposed on children by the cap on SNA resources.

The TDs are also attending a lunchtime protest outside the Dáil by parents of autistic children from a school in Wexford, that will lose six of its 18 Special Needs Assistants in the coming weeks.

Margaret Wickham, whose ten-year-old son Dylan attends St Senan's School in Enniscorthy, has said children with autism need Special Needs Assistants to be able to integrate in mainstream schools.

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