Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Bernard J. Durkan


1041 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will support provision of special classes in County Kildare for children with language disorders; if his attention has been drawn to the willingness of parents and teachers at Scoil Linbh Iosa, Prosperous, County Kildare, to provide such classes; if he will respond favourably to the request for assistance and approval; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19969/00]

I am aware that the management authorities at Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Prosperous, County Kildare, have expressed an interest in establishing a special class for pupils with specific speech and language disorder in their school.

My Department's inspectorate will meet shortly with officials from the South Western Area Health Board with a view to identifying the pupils suitable for placement in such a class. The establishment of such a special class will require the availability of a speech therapy service from the South Western Area Health Board.
Following this process, a suitable location for a special class in County Kildare will be selected. The wishes of the school referred to by the Deputy will be considered in this context.