Some relief for special needs assistants

6th December 2011

IMPACT’s Special Needs Assistants’ branch has said SNAs will feel some relief after yesterday’s Government statement that there would be no further reductions to the funding allocation for SNAs.

There had been fears that the budget would bring further pain after significant cuts in SNA numbers were announced last summer.

SNA branch chair Joan McCrohan said: We knew this was going to be a terrible budget for everybody, so we are relieved that no further SNA cuts are planned for the immediate future. Maybe our relief will be short-lived, but we now remain focused on dealing with the challenges imposed by the cuts to this year’s allocation.”

Some 700 whole-time equivalent SNA posts have been lost since August, when the education department reallocated schools’ SNA numbers for 2011-2012. This followed the imposition of a cap of 10,575 posts last June.

IMPACT’s SNA branch has been holding a series of well attended information meetings across the country since September. The last of the current series of meetings takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 13th December, at the Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire County Dublin. All SNAs are welcome to attend. New members are welcome to join on the night prior to the meeting.

More local meetings are planned for the New Year. The first takes place at the Drumcondra education centre in St Patrick’s teaching college, Drumcondra on January 11th at 7pm.

You can get more information from Joan McCrohan: or 087-216-1707 or Patricia Whelan: or 087-413-5052.