Kilkenny parents attend protest over special needs cutbacks

A GROUP of around forty people travelled to Dublin last week to protest outside the Dáil at the government’s treatment of special needs children in our schools.

A GROUP of around forty people travelled to Dublin last week to protest outside the Dáil at the government’s treatment of special needs children in our schools.

In a colourful display of homemade placards, banners, and balloons, the crowd, made up of parents with their special needs children, teachers, special needs assistants (SNAs) and supporters let the government know how they felt about the removal of hundreds of SNAs from the children who need them.

A public meeting in Kilkenny led to the formation of a local group of SNAP (SNAs and Parents). A committee was set up and a bus to the protest was organised. During the protest in Dublin a national committee of SNAP groups was formed to build the organisation and organise for an even bigger protest when the Dáil reconvenes on September 14.

If you’d like to get involved look for SNAP Kilkenny on Facebook or email Claire at claire.hollywood@gmail.com.