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Minister for Special Education and Inclusion visits St. Gabriel’s in Limerick



Minister for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan during her visit to St. Gabriel’s

Minister for Special Education and Inclusion visits St. Gabriel’s in Limerick

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On arriving at the school the Minister for Special Education was warmly welcomed

Minister Josepha Madigan, TD Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion visited St. Gabriel’s School in Limerick. Sixty-five students with special needs from 4-18 years attend St. Gabriel’s school.


On arriving at the school, the Minister for Special Education was warmly welcomed and shown around by Derek Cox, School Principal. Also accompanying the Minister on her visit was Senator Maria Byrne and Kieran O’Donnell, TD.

The Minister had an opportunity to meet the students in their classrooms and to see the great work that is being done. She thanked the staff for their support with the very successful roll out of the Summer Provision Programme and their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan went on to say “It was wonderful to see happy faces on all the students and to hear about the great success of this year’s Summer Programme.  I know how important St. Gabriel’s is to the wider region and I look forward to supporting the school community in future developments”.

About St. Gabriel’s

St. Gabriel’s School is a special needs primary and post-primary day school, one of only five such schools in Ireland. St Gabriel’s school and centre is a primary and post-primary school for children aged 4-18 with multiple physical/sensory disabilities and/or developmental delay and more life-limiting conditions. St. Gabriel’s Treehouse School Age Team provides services for children of school-going age.

Up to 500 children and young adults from birth to 18 years with a range of disabilities living in the Midwest region attend St. Gabriel’s Early Intervention and School Age multidisciplinary clinical teams which was set up in 2005. St. Gabriel’s Treehouse Early Intervention Team at Dooradoyle delivers a range of services to children with disabilities from birth to six years of age. They present a range of conditions which include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions.

These teams include Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. The clinical teams provide assessments and interventions for children attending services in St. Gabriel’s Centre, at the child’s home and pre-school, primary and secondary school settings. St. Gabriel’s work with families to support children to reach their developmental milestones through a combination of individualised programmes, group work and training. Examples of some of the programmes delivered to parents and families are Hannen, Incredible Years, More Than Words, Talkability, Sibling Workshops, Youth Club for teenagers with ASD. These training and advice programmes support parents to assist their child’s development.


For more information on St Gabriel’s School go HERE 

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