Belfast Telegraph

Rally against special needs cuts

Parents and teachers from across the country have been urged to join a national demonstration against special needs cuts.

Alliance against Cuts in Education (Ace) has organised a mass rally on Wednesday, September 14, marching from the Central Bank in Dublin to the Dail.

Ace chairman Tomas O Dulaing said vulnerable children went back to school last week to a devastating array of cutbacks with the support of special needs assistants (SNAs) halved or eliminated.

"Children with special needs have the human right to fulfil their potential in our education system," he said.

"The shameful attacks on these vulnerable children engaged in by Fine Gael and Labour amount to a savaging of that basic human right."

Mr O Dulaing, principal at Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School in Lucan, is backed by parents, SNAs, teachers and advocacy groups, such as the Special Needs Parents Association and Down Syndrome Ireland.

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