Schools around the country have been finding out today how many additional special needs assistants will be allocated to them for the beginning of the next school year.

Funding for 800 additional SNAs was announced last December.

Schools in Dublin will receive more than 220 SNAs from September, while Cork will get an extra 82; Kerry will get 48 and 31 SNAs will be appointed in Co Offaly.

A further 140 SNAs will be allocated over the period of September to December 2018 to meet the level of assessed demand, according to Minister for Education Richard Bruton.

Mr Bruton said that, after today's allocation, there will be 15,000 special needs assistants working in Irish schools - up 42% since 2011.

The investment reflects the growing participation of children with special needs in schools.

Minister Bruton said: "The aim of this Government is to ensure that children with special educational needs can be supported to fully participate in schools and fulfill their potential.

"In 2018 my department will invest in the region of €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget and 39% increase on 2011."

Mr Bruton said the National Council for Special Education will now start to notify schools of their SNA allocation for the coming 2018/19 school year.