Donegal TD and Senator raise concerns over education of children with Down Syndrome

A Donegal Deputy and Senator have spoken in the houses of the Oireachtas on the issue of resource hours for children with Down Syndrome.

40% of children with Down Syndrome in the main stream school system are not allocated resource hours to assist in their education because Down Syndrome is not listed as a 'complex low instance disorder' by the education department.

82 of those children are in County Donegal.

The  issue is currently being reviewed by the National Council for Special Education with a report due later this week.

Deputy Pearse Doherty spoke on the matter in the Dail while Senator Brian O'Domhnaill raised the issue in the Seanad:

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Senator O'Domhnaill was told in the Seanad by the Junior Education Minister Ciaran Cannon that the matter is under review by the NCSE and any recommendations will be acted on:

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