Galway-West TD Derek Nolan has slammed the fact that Rosedale Special School in Renmore has not yet been approved funding for essential equipment for their students.
Speaking on the issue in the Dáil this week, Deputy Nolan called for clarification on the circumstances surrounding the equipment at the school, which caters for children with severe disabilities and has about 20 pupils in its Woodlands campus.
“Last July, the school applied for funding for five therapy beds, which are essential for ensuring a standard of personal care, comfort and hygiene for the children,” he said.
“There has been a lot of correspondence going back and forth since last July and there has been several more attempts made by the school in the meantime to get some sort of alternative equipment to cater for the needs of the pupils.”
Deputy Nolan added that the fact that the situation had not been resolved was an “absolute disgrace”.
“These children are unable to sit up on their own, unable to feed themselves and unable to use the toilet themselves. The fact that their basic requirements are being met under extreme pressure and without adequate resources is a scandal. The staff in the school are also under incredible strain,” he said.
“Today, I called on Minister Ciaran Cannon directly to talk some sense into Departmental officials and get this matter sorted immediately. I welcome the fact that he said he would ensure that a response is issued to the school in the next two to three days. I hope that this response will be positive and will finally give these children the necessary equipment to enable them to learn in a comfortable environment.”