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Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 592 No. 4

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  511.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the schools in County Mayo that benefited as a result of the additional 500 special needs assistant positions announced on 22 October 2004. [29338/04]

  512.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the way in which the additional 500 special needs assistants will be divided out, with details of the number which will be assigned to each county. [29339/04]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 and 512 together.

I recently sanctioned an additional 295 special needs assistant, SNA, posts to support over 500 pupils with special care needs. As these SNAs are not assigned to individual schools but to the children with significant need, it would be inappropriate to provide information on the names of these children. Responsibility for recruiting the SNAs rests with the individual board of management.


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