COUNCILLOR Tom Moylan (Fine Gael) has requested the support of his fellow councillors to “keep the pressure” on the Department of Education with specific relation to the maintenance of special needs services at Nenagh CBS Primary School.
Following a range of recent cuts in funding a special needs class in the school was under threat of being discontinued, but following some significant canvassing by teachers, members of the public and members of Nenagh Town Council the class will now be retained.
Cllr Moylan, however, indicated at the June meeting of Nenagh Town Council that over a three-year period Nenagh CBS Primary School’s allocation of special needs assistants had been cut from six to just three.
“We need to keep the pressure on and get that allocation back up to four at least,” Cllr Moylan said. “We need to keep the pressure on our public representatives and on the Department of Education.”
“It is very important that the class be kept there,” Mayor Virginia O’Dowd (Labour) said. “They are just looking at numbers, but sometimes it’s about needs.”
“This is something that we need to keep on the agenda,” Fine Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney said. “There are a lot of children in the area who depend and rely on this service.”
Cllr Séamus Morris (Sinn Féin) indicated that he wished to “congratulate everybody involved in this”.
“We gnawed away at the department and it has worked,” he said.