The charity which runs a special needs school in Dublin, where much-needed speech and language and occupational therapies have not been delivered to children for some time, has confirmed that it met officials at the Department of Education today.

In a brief statement, a spokesperson for Saint John of God Community Services said initial discussions had taken place between Saint John of God School at Islandbridge and the department.

The statement added that the school's board of management had confirmed its ongoing commitment to the facility where, it said, "the vision and mission focuses and continues to centre around the provision of the best possible education for children" enrolled there.

The statement said further engagement with the department was planned.

Yesterday, pupils' parents told RTÉ News they felt their children had been abandoned by the authorities and that they had not progressed as might have been expected - physically, intellectually, emotionally or socially - because they had not been receiving the vital therapies.

St John of God Community Services responded 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 also lamented that they could not obtain the services from the HSE which had told them that the St John of God charity must provide them.

Responding to yesterday's report, Minister for Education Richard Bruton said that officials from his department would meet the school today to discuss the parents' grievances.

So far, the department has not commented on the meeting.