SNA campaign considers European Court

It appears Celbridge-based parents could be headed for the European Court of Human Rights to protect services for disabled childare at St. Raphael’s school, writes Conor McHugh.

It appears Celbridge-based parents could be headed for the European Court of Human Rights to protect services for disabled childare at St. Raphael’s school, writes Conor McHugh.

With a protest march taking place next Wednesday, September 14 starting in Dublin’s Dame Street, a letter from a Straffan mother was published in a national newspaper last week outlining the struggle to maintain levels of Special Needs Assistants at St. Raphael’s.

“Next port of call is the European Court of Human Rights,” Aisling McNiffe explained.

And Thomas O’Dulaigh of Alliance Against Cuts in Education, which is organising next week’s protest march confirmed that “anything is on the cards”.

“The human rights aspect of this issue is at the very top of our demands. Children have a human right to an education and if a disabled child’s support is taken away, their human rights are being infringed.”

And he slammed the government for cutting the SNA’s in order to “save a handful of millions to pay back the bank”.

“We’re not going to let it happen, and if necessary we will certainly go to the European Court of Human Rights,” Mr. O’Dulaigh concluded.