The mother of a child with special educational needs says her son's development will be significantly hampered if he can't get a secondary school place.

Michelle Lynch has been pleading with the Department of Education to make more autism units available in Athlone - as her 12-year-old son Gareth has no place.

She's been speaking after the Children's Ombudsman highlighted discrimination and a lack of planning when it comes to special education.

Gareth is coming to the end of primary school, and Michelle says the autism unit there has been a massive help to him...

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