Today, Wednesday 4th July, children with special needs, and their parents and school support workers, took to the streets and march from the Central Bank on Dame Street to Leinster House.
The protest was in response to the catalogue of cutbacks being imposed by the current Fine Gael/Labour government. Cuts in carers’ allowance, in respite care allowance, in domiciliary care allowance, in special needs assistants, in resource-teaching and now in provision for school leavers to serve the needs of speculators, banks and bondholders.
The protest was organised by the Alliance against Cutbacks in Education [A.C.E.] and was addressed by parents, teachers, special needs assistants, special needs organisations, including Down Syndrome Ireland and a number supportive TDs.