Two Clonmel mothers have spoken out this week to highlight the torture being endured by families throughout South Tipperary as a result of bureaucratic obstacles being placed in their way over the education of their children.
Five year old Kevin Daly and Cormac Kennedy, who will be five in December, both attend Scoil na nOg in Cashel and expect to move to Scoil Chormaic next September but an unexpected obstacle has been hurled in the way.
South Tipperary EIT panels who provide assessment and approve transport have stopped giving recommendations to the surprise of parents all over South Tipperary.
“It’s causing untold anguish. I can’t sleep at night and parents all over South Tipperary are in the same position. Why is this only happening in South Tipperay. EIT all over the country continue to give such recommendations,” said Catherine Daly.
Catherine said they were a one car family and her husband needed it to get to work in Kilkenny.“We need that transport approval, otherwise I can’t get Kevin to Scoil Chormac. I thought this would be automatic but for some reason the EIT panel stopped making recommendations in August,” said Catherine.
“Kevin needs to attend Scoil Chormaic, he needs that special environment for him to keep getting better. Nobody should be standing in the way of their education. Why are the most vulnerable children being discriminated against and why is is only happening in South Tipperary,” asked Catherine.
Catherine Kennedy said that the bus from Clonmel to Cashel will continue to run next September but that there would be no place on that bus for her son Cormac. “It’s disgraceful that parents are being put through this suffering. There is no ASD unit in Clonmel, just one pre-school ASD unit and that is it. I would not be able to drive over and back to Cashel. It makes no sense why recommendations have to stop,” said Catherine Kennedy. “Whatever is going on in South Tipperary they should not use a child as a pawn” she said.The HSE did not provide a statement after being invited to do so.