Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

40 extra posts brings to 820 the number of Special Needs Assistants supporting pupils in Galway

Increase of over 36% in number of SNAs for Galway since 2011


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has confirmed to me that the number of SNAs supporting pupils at primary, secondary and special schools across Galway will rise from 778.9 for the current school year to 819.8 for the school year starting in September – an year-on-year increase of 40.

At primary level the number of SNAs will rise from 482.68 to 512.57 – an increase of almost 30. At secondary level the number of SNAs supporting pupils will rise from 171.25 to 181.25 – an increase of ten. Meanwhile, pupils at special schools in Galway will receive support from almost 125.98 SNAs.

Nationally, there will be a total of 15,000 Special Needs Assistants working in our schools providing vital support and assistance to pupils helping them to participate and reach their educational potential.

In July 2017, my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, gave a commitment that funding for SNA posts would be dealt with as part of the normal Estimates process, meaning that schools would be informed of their allocation for the beginning of the next school year before the end of May 2018.

With today’s allocations the number of Special Needs Assistants in Galway will, by September, have increased to 819.9 from 599 in October 2011 – an increase of over 36%.

In Government we are working to harness the benefits of our country’s economic growth by investing in people and public services. In 2018, the Department of Education and Skills will invest €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget.

This increased investment reflects the priority which the Government has put on helping children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential and also reflects the growing participation of children with Special educational Needs in the Education System.