Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (385)

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

Question:

385. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the availability of places in primary schools in Finglas, Dublin 11, for children with ASD; and if he will address a matter in relation to a person (details supplied). [19853/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I want to assure the Deputy and Parents that concerns regarding a shortage of appropriate school places for next September are being taken very seriously.

My Department Officials and the NCSE are actively engaging with local schools and school patron bodies to address this urgent and important issue.

I have asked the NCSE to keep in regular contact with the Parents of the children concerned and advise them of progress.

Ensuring that every child has a suitable placement available to them from September is a key priority for me and my Department.

As the Deputy's question relates to a particular child, I have referred the question to the NCSE for their direct reply.