Mc Hugh says SNA jobs should be protected

Donegal North East Deputy Joe Mc Hugh has welcomed government indications that the role of Special Needs Assistants is to be reviewed, but he fears it's being done for the wrong reasons.

The Fine Gael representitive says he believes the government is looking at the issue from a budgetary point of view, with the aim of saving money by cutting services and reducing costs. There are currently 403 SNAs employed in Donegal, and Deputy Mc Hugh says the first priority of Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan should be to protect those positions.

He told the Dail last night that any review should be geared towards improving services, and should have the experience and perspective of SNAs should be at its heart.