Today's announcement of additional teaching and Special Needs Assistant posts needs to be seen in the context of Ireland's ongoing demographic boom.
Every year the numbers attending primary and second-level schools have continued to rise.
While the demographic peak has just now been reached at primary level, projections show that second-level enrolment will continue to rise until at least 2024.
The upward trend in overall pupil numbers is putting extra pressure on the provision of special needs education, because a certain proportion of children will always need this.
So the provision of additional staff is a case of "running to stand still".
Every year the system needs more teachers, and more SNAs, in order to maintain the pupil-teacher balance more or less as it is.
So while the sector will welcome these additional posts, the surprise would have been if the Budget did not include these measures.