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.
Meanwhile, a protest to highlight cuts in special needs education provision goes ahead at the Market Square in Letterkenny tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6 o'clock.
Katy Mc Cafferty is one of the co-ordinators, she says today's announcement only addresses some of the issues: