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(Ireland) Tipperary: 15 special ed students denied school places; autism a factor

July 14, 2019, Tipperary Live: 15 special needs children in Tipperary are ‘left without school places https://www.tipperarylive.ie/news/home/430545/15-special-needs-children-in-tipperary-are-left-without-school-places.html Fifteen children with special education needs in Tipperary are being denied a place in a school, according to Fianna Fáil general election candidate Sandra Farrell. She has called on the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donoghue, to make a pre-Budget allocation of emergency funds to the Department of Education to address the lack of special education needs teachers in the county. She also called on the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, to use new powers granted to him last year to force Tipperary schools to make provision for children with special needs…. The former Labour mayor of Nenagh said that Irish lawyers had to fight the State all the way to Europe to uphold the right of all children, including children with autism, to an education provided by the State. “The European Court of Justice found that all children have the right to an education and it is the State’s responsibility to uphold that right. But the State is still failing these children,” Ms Farrell said. She revealed that around 1,000 children nationwide have to stay at home, many on the autism spectrum, and that the State paid for home tuition for them….