38 EXTRA SNAS FOR WEXFORD SCHOOLS THIS YEAR AMID POSSIBLE STRIKE

061026-N-5271J-014 Sasebo, Japan (Oct. 26, 2006) - Jennifer Tonder (right), a teacher's aide for a 3rd-4th grade multi-age class, discusses the various books available from the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) grant given to Sasebo Elementary School with a student. The RIF donated 1,000 books to the school's library. Sasebo Elementary was the first overseas school to receive the RIF grant. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Johnstone (RELEASED)

County Wexford is to get an extra 38 SNAs for the school year commencing in September

Saying it is essential to provide for children with Special Needs, Minister of State Paul Kehoe said the extra allocation will help children reach their full potential going forward.

Meanwhile existing Special Needs Assistants are threatening industrial action.

They have been told they’ll be made redundant and must reapply for their posts.

A vote to decide on strike action will be held in September.

SNA Patricia Fanning says the new system is badly timed.

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