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Principal of North Monaghan primary school feels 'sick at the thought' of losing their ASD Unit

Jan 15, 2021 12:01 By News Northern Sound
Principal of North Monaghan primary school feels 'sick at the thought' of losing their ASD Unit Principal of North Monaghan primary school feels 'sick at the thought' of losing their ASD Unit
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The principal of a North Monaghan primary school says he feels 'sick at the thought' of losing their ASD Unit. Barry Cuddy is the principal

The principal of a North Monaghan primary school says he feels 'sick at the thought' of losing their ASD Unit.

Barry Cuddy is the principal of Edenmore National School in Emyvale, which has had its planning permission for a permanent building for their autism class refused on flood grounds.

He says the extension would have allowed for two ASD classes, a mainstream classroom, as well as the creation of a new teaching post, and the failed application is a major loss.

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Mr.Cuddy says the decision has unfortunately been made as the Department requires all Autism Units to be on a ground floor and attached to the school building.

A Department official has asked to meet the school in the coming weeks to make one last attempt to find a solution, however they don't want to get parent's hopes up.

Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound he said he doesn't want to think of the school with the students in the ASD Unit:

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