Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 23 March, 2005

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

  254. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science if an immediate review will be made of the application for resource teaching and a special needs assistant for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [9588/05]

  Ms Hanafin:The Deputy may be aware that the National Council for Special Education, NCSE, which has been operational since 1 January 2005, is responsible for processing applications for special educational needs, SEN, supports. Some 71 special educational needs organisers, SENOs, have been recruited throughout the country and will be a focal point of contact for schools and parents.

My Department officials have been informed by the NCSE that the matter has been referred to the local SENO. The SENO has been in contact with the parent of the pupil concerned and has arranged a meeting to discuss the matter in more detail.