Crowds gather to protest over St Christopher's SNA cuts

Crowds gather to protest over St Christopher's SNA cuts

Traffic was brought to a standstill in Longford town this afternoon as more than 300 demonstrators vented their ire at the reduction of two special needs assistants at St Christopher’s Special National School.

Parents and service users were joined by local politicians and members of the public for the lunchtime protest which started from the facility’s Battery Road headquarters and ended at the town’s Market Square.

A number of demonstrators could be seen brandishing placards carrying the slogan ‘Save our SNA’s’ while others sported t-shirts in opposition to the decision.

The protest comes on foot of State body, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) announced last October announced it was reducing the School’s SNA posts from 14 to 12.

For more on this story, see next week’s Longford Leader.