Wednesday, 29 November 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
244. Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will assist a person (details supplied) in County Dublin in obtaining a suitable school placement as a matter of urgency. [40751/06]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): The Deputy will be aware that a specific function of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is to identify appropriate educational placements for all children with special educational needs.
My officials have been advised by the NCSE that no application for placement in the school referred to in the details supplied was made to the SENO attached to the school. It is open to the parent to contact the SENO regarding any special educational needs that the pupil may have. I have arranged for the local SENO to contact the parent of the pupil in question to discuss these needs.
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