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Minister For Special Education Meets Campaigners On Scrapped Education Centre Plans

JJ Clarke
JJ Clarke

02:58 31 May 2022

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A meeting is currently taking place with the Special Education Minister Josepha Madigan and campaigners for special education.

This follows the scrapping of plans for five temporary centres in Dublin for children with special education needs who haven't secured a school place.

The plan has been widely criticised by campaigners as ''segregated education'' with no facility being made for vulnerable students within schools.

A spokesperson for Ms Madigan says last week's proposal was in its ''infancy'' and something the Minister wanted to explore further with disability groups today.

Five temporary centres have been proposed in the Dublin area due to the lack of spaces for the children in mainstream schools.

However the plan has been criticised by disability and human rights groups, who've described it as 'unacceptable'.

Adam Harris from autism charity, As I Am, says 'unprecedented solutions' are needed.

Harris said that the Department of Education are describing this as an emergency and that the Minister for Special Education has the power to invoke 37A which is a process that can create places within schools for children with special quickly and when required.

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