An Inishowen organisation is calling on people to join them in a protest in Dublin against the proposed cuts to Special Needs Assistants in Inishowen.
iCARE are hitting back to the government’s decision, announced on Friday, to slash the number of SNAs across the country by 200 to comply with the cap agreed under the EU/IMF deal.
It is believed that Inishowen schools will find out later this week whether the new cutbacks will affect them.
iCARE have planned the protest in Dublin on Wednesday 13th July with a bus leaving Inishowen at 10am.
Chairperson of iCARE, Liam Gill, told the ‘Journal’ they were panick ing waiting on the decision from the government.
“The cuts will affect all children and their classmates, while some children are on the lower scale of the spectrum when it comes to behavioural difficulties, they still required assistance.
“The question is how will this impact on the whole class and the teacher trying to teach them,” Mr Gill added.
It is expected that a large number of children with special needs will be starting primary schools in Inishowen this September.
Mr Gill who is also a representative for the Special Needs Parents Association in Donegal said there would be further protests if the decision was not reversed.
No schools for Donegal
The decision comes as a double blow to people following the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn that 40 new schools would be opened in the next six years, however none of them would be in Donegal.
17 of the new schools will be opened in the Dublin area. A further 12 will open in counties Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth. Six new schools will open in Cork, three in Galway, and one each on Cavan and Wexford.
Carndonagh Deputy Charlie McConalogue said he was extremely disappointed in Minister Quinn’s decision and claimed a lot of the Minister’s policies seem to be centralised in the Dublin area.
iCARE have urged any parents of special needs children from Inishowen who would like to join iCARE in the protest to contact the iCARE office on 0749362226 to book a seat on the bus as places are limited.