Shocked mothers have accused the HSE of preventing their young sons with autism from taking up a place in Scoil Chormac in Cashel next September.
The boys, from Clonmel, attend pre-school at Scoil nOg in Cashel at the moment and had expected to transfer seamlessly to Scoil Chormaic next September but have been dealt a devastating blow.
Catherine Kennedy and Catherine Daly have made an impassioned plea for sanity to prevail after they were informed that their sons Cormac and Kevin have not been approved for transport by the South Tipperary EIT (Early Intervention Team).
“This is just crazy, it’s causing huge distress,”said Catherine Kennedy.
Both boys have been awarded a place at Scoil Chormaic but if the transport service is not approved their mothers state that they would not be able to take up the offer of a place.
Catherine Kennedy said that the EIT in South Tipperary is unique in the country in that it has decided not to assess applications for transport.
“EIT panels all over the country are giving recommendations for transport except South Tipperary. Next September children will travel from Roscrea, Nenagh and Thurles to Scoil Chormac because the EIT panel in North Tipperary are giving recommendations.
South Tipperary children are being discriminated against” said Catherine.
Catherine said nobody has explained to stunned parents why the EIS panel in South Tipperary is taking such a stance.