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

Olympics appoint Godwin Attram as new coach

first_imgAccra Great Olympics have appointed experienced midfielder Godwin Atrram as their new Head Coach  after parting ways with Yaw Acheampong following the expiration of  his two years contract with the club.Attram, began his career with Accra Great Olympics in 1996 before moving to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.Although Godwin Attram has already assumed his position as manager of the Accra-based club, he has told Joy Sports he is not yet done with professional football and would want to follow the steps of Roberto Carlos, Nicholas Anelka and Ryan Giggs who also played for their clubs while coaching themThe new Olympics coach says he will step onto the field if the game calls for his help.The ex PSV player says he has in-depth knowledge on the game and has further enlightened himself by going through some coaching courses.“I have been coaching since I was a child. Most of the big players came to player under me,” he told Joy Sports. “I was young but I was commanding on the field.”“That’s what gave me the belief I could coach.”“I have been coaching my own academy for about five years now.”Attram has set sights on building a formidable team to qualify the Accra giants back to the Premiership. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more