Tuesday 25 April 2017

Madness to let school close when alternatives cost more

Pupils Michael Rogers (6) and Jason Gallagher (8) at the Achieve ABA school in Donaghmede, Dublin
yesterday afternoon. Their school closes today
Pupils Michael Rogers (6) and Jason Gallagher (8) at the Achieve ABA school in Donaghmede, Dublin yesterday afternoon. Their school closes today

I am not normally one who gets involved or any way confrontational, but it pains me to read such a sad article (Irish Independent, July 28) about the Government's refusal to fund a school -- established by parents -- for children with autism.

I truly thought we had turned a corner, with Enda Kenny's new openness, transparency and judging everything on its merits and value for money. But it seems madness to let a school close that costs less than the state alternatives.

Parent Daniel O'Mahony, while having a vested interest, has clearly done his homework in trying to seek alternatives and showing the higher costs of other options. I am sure he cannot believe that 'no' is the State's answer.

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