St Mary’s special school in Johnstown, Navan is set to lose its Speech and Language Therapist in what seems to be a cost-cutting measure by the HSE.

A letter sent to parents by principal Maria Corredor, and seen by Meath Live,  has outlined the situation.

The letter states, ‘ Up to now all the children attending St Mary’s were supported by the Network SLT linked to our school. This worked really well as we had an outstanding professional who knew the children’s abilities and needs.

‘I am afraid this is no longer the situation, We have been informed by the HSE and ENABLE Ireland that our children will receive their clinical services from their home address network team. This effectively means that out of 55  pupils receiving SLT at St Mary’s only five will continue to do so. The rest will depend on a plan drawn up with their families.

‘Needless to say, St Mary’s Board Of Management and I have been fighting on your behalf as we know how important the services of an SLT are for the vast majority of our pupils. So far the HSE has not offered a robust plan to guarantee the continuity of approach and service for our pupils to facilitate this transition.

Fianna Fáil councillor Tommy Reilly has blasted the decision,

He told Meath Live, ‘This is a total and absolute disgrace, I am only too well aware of the tremendous work being done in this school by the SLT, and for the HSE to even contemplate removing them is wrong.

‘I am calling on the government ministers in Meath to exercise their influence and have this decision reversed.’