Blackrock school strongly condemn cuts allegations

by Rebecca Ryan
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Saint John of God Community Services clg said there have been no cuts to the services provided at St Augustine’s School

St John of God Community Services have strongly condemned allegations of cuts to vocational services at its school.

In an article in last week’s Dublin Gazette, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire Richard Boyd Barrett condemned “disgraceful” and “sneaky, stealth cuts” to the “vital vocational services” at the Blackrock school.

He claimed St John of Gods, who funds the vocational services for students with learning disabilities, were guilty of implementing “nasty, behind the door cuts to critical vocational services provided to vulnerable children”.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said he has recently been made aware that two of the vocational services in woodwork and car valeting had been axed without any formal notification to the parents.

A spokesperson for Saint John of God Community Services clg said the allegations are untrue.

“There have been no cuts to the services provided at St Augustine’s School. Two staff retired, and these two staff have been replaced.

“Parents have been consulted in relation to a change in the programme, which will provide the pupils at St Augustine’s School with enhanced learning opportunities and learning outcomes,” said the spokesperson.

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