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Special needs pupils reap benefits of new room at Tulla

ALTHOUGH St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla awaits the development of its new school, the facility has this year benefitted from an additional class, which will cater for the needs of six new students with special needs. St Joseph’s has an existing Asperger’s Syndrome Unit in the school but this school term a second class was established to cater for the growing need in the school’s catchment area. It is one of the few schools in the country to benefit from the establishment of a new classroom for students with special needs. School principal Margaret O’Brien outlined that students with Asperger’s syndrome have varying needs and this new facility will help best suit the needs of the individual students benefiting from it. “Some students with this classification would be high functioning and need more support. We also wanted to accommodate some senior students and that’s why we have a new senior unit this year. We would have had some students who …

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Inconvenience for residents at Spancilhill regrettable, says council

THE inconvenience experienced by residents waiting for the completion of improvement works on a 750m stretch of road at Spancilhill, at a cost of €2.9 million, has been deemed “regrettable” by Clare County Council this week.  The comment was made in response to a motion tabled at an Ennis East Area Meeting on Monday by Councillor Sonny Scanlon, who asked when the Spancilhill Road would be completed and reopened. He said works were “causing a lot of anger and inconvenience” to residents in the locality.  Tom Tiernan, senior engineer Clare County Council, said “the inconvenience that has been caused is regrettable”. “A number of issues have combined to create this situation, drainage management complexities, rock removal, the gradual erosion in the number of available staff and the incapacity to replace them and so on. The objective at present is to restore two-way traffic in four to six weeks from now and to have completed the project by the end of …

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