Limerick TD says hold-ups in garda vetting delaying SNA appointments

first_imgPrint Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLimerick TD says hold-ups in garda vetting delaying SNA appointmentsBy Staff Reporter – January 20, 2017 698 Garda vetting delays are holding up the appointment of SNAsTHE appointment of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) for schools all over Limerick is being delayed by hold ups in the Garda vetting system.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is the party spokesman for Jobs and Enterprise, has warned that a growing backlog of Garda vetting applications will have a detrimental impact on schools over the coming months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And he says that the current vetting procedures for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) needs to be overhauled to prevent duplication of work.“Specifically, a centralised database should be introduced to prevent the need for SNAs to go through the same vetting procedure on multiple occasions over a short period of time whenever they move schools.“Since the introduction of new legislation in 2015, there has been an unprecedented number of applications made through the Garda vetting system.“In the space of one year alone an additional 40,000 teachers have had to apply for Garda vetting,” Deputy Collins explained.“There are hundreds of SNA and teacher vetting applications still pending leaving a number of children with disabilities having to stay at home because their SNA has been unable to take up their position.“This is simply unacceptable and highlights the need to tackle problems associated with vetting. It’s unfair that children with disabilities are losing out on valuable time in school because of delays in processing vetting applications.He has called for reform of the system as there is no centralised record of SNAs that have been Garda vetted.“A database already exists for teachers that have been vetted, so there is no excuse for not having a similar database for SNAs adding that it needs to be a top priority for the Government,” he said. TAGSlimerickniall collinsSNAs Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Email Linkedincenter_img Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleLimerick court told former partner was making off with mortgage money Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApplast_img read more

Benjamin Lee Steele Sr. age, 81

first_imgBenjamin Lee Steele Sr., 81, of Laurel, Indiana, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio where he had been a patient for the past week.He was born April 10, 1935 in Bentonville, Indiana, one of nine children of George Green and Phema Parsons Steele. A veteran of the U. S. Navy, where he served from May 19, 1952 until May 18, 1960, Benjamin was stationed on the USS Yosemite AD-19.On May 9, 1956, he was married in Laurel to Bertha Helen Watts, of Fall River, Massachusetts. Mrs. Steele survives.For many years, he co-owned Steele Brothers Construction and later B & J Stone Mason Construction, retiring in 2005.He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, of Laurel. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a fan of football, NASCAR and boxing.Survivors besides his wife of 60 years, Bertha Steele, include three children, Benjamin Lee (Sharon) Steele Jr., of Villa Hills, KY, Denise Lee (Randy) Bare, of Laurel, IN and Jason Lee Steele and companion, Ashley Houchin, of Brookville, IN; eight grandchildren, Benjamin L. Steele III, Kristen M. (Asa) Adams, Kendall J. Bare, Lacey (Josh) Minniti, Matthew Wilson, Brandy (Cory) Earnest, Ryan (Jamie) Wilson, Ashton Wilson; six great- grandchildren, Braylin Minniti, Reagan Minniti, Blayne Mullins, Parker Wilson, Ryder Minniti and Sophia Houchin; a brother, Lawrence (Ethel) Steele, of Brookville, IN; two sisters-in-law, Anna Steele, of Metamora, IN and Lucille Steele, of Laurel; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by five brothers, Joe Sparks, David Steele, Charles Steele, Everett Steele and Franklin Steele; two sisters, Venis Steele Feeback and Mary Steele Pence.Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Laurel Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Everett Quinton officiating. Burial with military honors by Bernard Hurst Post #77, American Legion, Brookville will be in Laurel North Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 AM until 3 PM on Thursday. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and friends may also visit anytime at read more