Almost 30 new SNAs destined for Donegal

800 additional Special Needs Assistants will be allocated to schools across the country for the beginning of the new school term.

Donegal is to receive an additional 29 SNA's this year, bringing to a total of 731 the number that will be working across schools in the county under the new allocation.

Government Chief Whip Minister Joe McHugh has announced an increased allocation of 29 SNAs for Donegal with the total number of SNAs available for the county now 731, 466 of which will be working in primary schools, 208 in post-primary and 57 in special schools.

Conern was previously raised over the Governments decision to announce additional SNAs later in the year meaning schools could not plan for the additional support.

However, Minister McHugh says the decision to announce the allocation in May ensures that children with special educational needs can be enrolled and take up their places in September.