Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (116)

Michael Ring

Question:

113 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason, in relation to the new special education council which was announced on 6 January 2004, no nominees of same are from the primary level; if he will meet the INTO in relation to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2660/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

In appointing the new National Council for Special Education I put in place a group of people with a wide range of knowledge and experience in this area. In doing this I did not set out to create a council which was representative of any particular sectoral interests, as I feel that it is very important that the council should operate in a cohesive, non representative way. I have not received any request from the INTO for a meeting to discuss this issue.