Saturday 22 October 2016

Court orders Dublin language school to pay former student €800

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 20/07/2015 | 14:21

The case was heard at Dublin's small claims court
The case was heard at Dublin's small claims court

A Brazilian woman was successful in having €800 refunded to her by an English language school at Dublin's small claims court today.

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Lilian Rodrigues Miranda (33) registered for a one year English language course at The English Academy, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 in 2011.

She told the court that the course consisted of six-months of classes and then a six-month 'holiday' when students would use their student visas to get jobs and earn an income.

After three-months of classes, Ms Miranda informed the school that she was taking a short holiday.

A dispute then arose between the parties as Ms Miranda was not allowed to resume her studies at the school following her holiday.

A spokesman for the English Academy told the court that "Ms Miranda made a choice not to attend her classes and then later decided to try to get her money back".

Judge Coughlan said that he had sympathy for both parties to the case.

However, he said that he was not satisfied that adequate warnings were given to students in relation to compulsory attendance.

The Judge made an order that Ms Miranda be refunded €800, half of the €1600 fees she had paid, as she had benefited from attending the course for a three month period.

"I did not take this case just for the money, I took it to restore my reputation." Ms Miranda told

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