- Funding signed off on by Education Minister
- Follows funding allocation for St Aidan’s NS in Shannon
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the confirmation that funding has been secured to build a two-classroom Special Educational Needs base at St Tola’s National School in Shannon.
Minister Norma Foley has signed off on the project, which will play a part in addressing the shortage of SEN facilities in the county.
“I’m delighted to have received the confirmation today that funding has officially been approved for this project at St Tola’s NS,” said Deputy Crowe.
“This will see two brand new SEN base classrooms constructed there, which will help bolster the existing SEN resources serving Shannon and its surrounding hinterlands.
“There was a time up to the mid-90s were SEN kids weren’t properly catered for but thankfully that all changed with the Educational Act and various other pieces of legislation.
“As a teacher who has taught many kids with special educational needs, I’m all too aware that the legislation is only worthwhile if the resources and supports are actually in place to cater for those children’s needs.
“St Aidan’s NS, just around the corner, has also been approved funding in recent weeks for emergency electrical works so it’s all looking positive for school kids in Shannon at present.
“The past few weeks have been tough on children with special educational needs and for their families and hopefully with the agreement struck now to return to classrooms there is an end in sight to that.
“I am aware, too, that there is significant concern in Shannon and its surrounding areas about the lack of facilities for second-level SEN pupils and I continue to engage with Minister Foley with a view to finding a solution to that.”