Government reverses planned cuts to Special Needs Education

The Education Minister's received Cabinet approval for extra resources to reverse planned cuts to special needs education from September.

A massive rise in applications for resource teaching services had meant students were facing a cut in teaching hours.

But Ruairi Quinn's been given permission to allocate an extra 500 teaching posts in September - on the same day a Fianna Fáil motion on the issue was to be debated in the Dáil.

The Education Minister's also established a working group on how to go forward with special needs education given what he says is the unsustainable increase in demand.

Donegal Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the new SNA places and says it will go some way to easing parents concerns: