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

Men’s hockey: Granato era begins with a 1-1 split against Northern Michigan

first_imgTony Granato celebrated his first win as head coach over the weekend as the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team split a two-game series against Northern Michigan in Green Bay. The Badgers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) opened their season Friday night with a close 3-2 loss to the Wildcats (1-1, 0-0) before rebounding Saturday night with a win in an 11 goal thriller, 6-5. Granato’s first game behind the bench for Wisconsin did not immediately go as planned as the Badgers fell behind just 19 seconds into the game and went on to lose 3-2. Wisconsin continued on their slow start and allowed all three goals in the first 26 minutes of the game before settling in and eventually falling short. Badger forward Will Johnson was able to equalize the game at 1-1, not long after the Wildcats notched their first. UW defenseman Corbin McGuire did all he could to help, scoring late in the third period and posting the final score of the game. Northern Michigan was able to clamp down on the backend and secure their first win on the year.But the Badgers bounced back Saturday night with a come-from-behind 6-5 win, their first of the season. Penalties heavily influenced the outcome of the game as seven of the 11 goals came on a power-play in an aggressive back-and-forth battle. Granato noted the momentum shift that a penalty can provide in college hockey, which he said he hadn’t dealt with as a coach in the NHL. “The penalties and momentum in games in college hockey shift a lot more than in the NHL,” Granato said. “Two, three, four penalties in a row, a five-on-three … a lot of things happen.” This momentum proved to swing in the direction of the Badgers, as four of their six goals were scored on power-plays, including the game-winner. Sophomore goalie Matt Jurusik ignited Wisconsin with three clutch saves during a 5-on-3 penalty kill and inspired the eventual exciting finish for the Badgers. “That was the biggest part of the game, that kill on the 5-on-3,” Granato said. “Matty Jurusik made three big saves in that 5-on-3, and I thought our guys did a really good job.” After the crucial penalty kill, Wisconsin converted on their fourth power-play of the game as freshman Trent Frederic slotted home the winning goal, his first ever as a Badger. The Badgers held on to secure their first win of the season and their first under Granato.“It’s the second game of the year, so we’re not in midseason form,” Granato said.The win is the Badger’s first over Northern Michigan since 2011 and is a good sign for a program trying to rebound after a few disappointing seasons.The Badgers hope to continuing improving under Granato as they take on Boston College at the Kohl Center for the home-opener Friday at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more