Independent TD Mattie McGrath has warmly welcomed moves by the Department of Education and Skills to reverse its original decision to withdraw approval for the delivery of an additional autism support unit (ASD) at the CBS High School in Clonmel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Ministers Ofice confirmed to him that the matter has been resolved and that the additional accommodation has once again been approved.
“This is a very positive development for all the students who would have been significantly affected by the quite frankly bizarre and unjustifiable original decision to withdraw approval for the Hub.
I want to thank the excellent engagement provided by Principal Karen Steenson, Paddy O’Gorman and all of the wonderful CBS staff who are completely dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and fulfilling standard of education to the students at the school.
I was delighted to play my part by making immediate and persistent representations to the Minister and his office in order to impress upon them the need to re-think the dilemma they had placed the school in.
Hopefully the Hub and the students will now be in a strong position to go from strength to strength and that it will be fully supported and resourced to carry out its work,” concluded Deputy McGrath.