The redundancy arrangements for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) were agreed at a national level at the Labour Relations Commission. These arrangements provide for redundancy compensation to be applied to SNAs employed in primary and second level schools in approved posts with more than one year’s continuous service.
Where the approved allocation to the school is reduced and it is necessary to compulsorily cease / reduce the employment of an SNA, the SNA’s employment may be reduced to part-time or terminated by way of redundancy.
Unless the most junior SNA in the school has a written child specific contract that entitles them to remain in the school, the selection criteria for redundancy is on a 'last in first out' basis.
Full details of the SNA Redundancy Scheme are contained in Circular 0058/2006: