Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 26 September, 2007

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if discussions have taken place between her Department, officials or representatives of the special needs assistants in respect of contracts and terms and conditions of employment for the term beginning [491] September 2007; the outcome of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20279/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin:Revised contracts of employment and terms and conditions of employment were agreed for Special Needs Assistants employed in primary and post primary schools in June 2005.

Officials from my Department and representatives of Special Needs Assistants meet on a regular basis in relation to matters arising from that agreement in line with normal industrial relations procedures.

The implementation of the terms of the contracts and the conditions of employment agreed in June 2005 is a matter for Boards of Management of schools who are the employers of special needs assistants.

Question No. 744 answered with Question No. 733.