Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he hopes officials from his department will meet management of a special needs school in Dublin, where parents say they feel pupils have been abandoned by the authorities, tomorrow.

Parents of disabled children attending St John of God's Special School in Island bridge told RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme that their children were receiving no Speech and Language or Occupational therapies, despite a vital need for these treatments.

The parents, whose children have disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome and deafness, say they feel their children have been forgotten about.

St John of God's told RTÉ news that "due to the multitude of needs and the scarcity of resources, the service is not in a position to provide all children with the level of services they require".

Parents cannot access services from the HSE because the HSE tells them that St John of God's must provide them.

Mr Bruton said this morning that officials from his Department would meet the school "hopefully today".

His department later clarified that preliminary discussions will take place today with a view to meeting tomorrow.

The Minister was speaking at an event to mark the introduction of a pilot scheme which will bring Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists into mainstream school and pre-schools. 

150 schools and centres in the west Dublin, Kildare, and west Wicklow regions will be involved in the project, which aims to provide the therapies to children within educational settings.

19 Speech and Language and 12 Occupational therapists will be recruited by the HSE to work with children and teachers in the schools.

Announcing the initiative Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it was already known how important it was to act early in a child's life to provide supports, and then to maintain them throughout their childhood.

She said this project would ensure that therapeutic supports were available in children's early years.