Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (206)

Finian McGrath


206. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding a special needs panel. [14985/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The detailed supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs for the 2013/2014 school year are set out in Departmental Circular 0037/2013 which issued on 1 July 2013 and which is available on the Department's website at the following address: http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0037_2013.pdf

With effect from 1 May 2013 once an SNA with a minimum of one year's service is notified by his/her employer that he/she is to be made redundant then he/she shall be deemed to be a member of a Supplementary Assignment Panel for SNAs.

In line with the information provided by the Deputy this person was made redundant in 2010 and therefore she is not eligible for a position on the SNA Supplementary Assignment Panel. Panel eligibility is only available to those SNAs who were made redundant on or after 1 May 2013.

It should be noted that this does not prevent the person applying for SNA vacancies but employers are obliged to give precedence to applicants who are members of the SNA Supplementary Assignment Panel.