My Letter to Minister Joe McHugh

I have written to my colleague Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh to seek his support for an Autism Spectrum Disorder unit to be part of the extension for Dunshaughlin Community College.

Please see the letter below, I will provide and update ASAP.


“05 December 2018

RE: Dunshaughlin – ASD Unit

Dear Minister McHugh,

I am writing to you today seeking your support and your commitment to ensure that the new extension planned for Dunshaughlin Community College will have a special needs class, ASD Unit.

Children have an expectation and I believe an entitlement to continue their education in their own communities, keeping the same set of friends they have gone through primary school with.

We currently have two streams of special education, in Ratoath and now with the recent funding allocation, in St. Peter’s College Dunboyne – this leaves Dunshaughlin as the only Secondary school in South Meath without an ASD unit. This opportunity to provide both the funding and the commitment must not be missed.

Your support and assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Regina Doherty TD

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection”