Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (93)

Richard Bruton


88 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been made in developing a second level class for children with Asperger’s Syndrome on Dublin’s northside; if agreement has been secured to develop a facility at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7302/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

At present my Department is actively engaged in pursuing the development of a dedicated second level programme for children with special needs on Dublin's northside.

The school to which the Deputy refers has indicated its agreement in principle to host the proposed unit. Further discussions are being arranged to address accommodation needs and teaching and other supports required by the school in order to facilitate the development. I expected the unit to be in place for the coming school year.