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Teenagers told 'go to school or parents will get jail'

Gordon Deegan

Published 04/02/2016 | 07:44

Ennis court house (File Picture)
Ennis court house (File Picture)

A judge has warned two teens their parents will go to jail unless they start attending school.

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Judge Patrick Durcan told a 14-year-old girl with an absenteeism rate of 78pc that if she doesn't start attending, "your mam and dad will go to jail".

In the second case, where a 13-year-old boy has a 90pc rate of absenteeism, Judge Durcan told the boy that he was playing "pookey" with the court.

"Be clear on this young man, if you don't perform, unfortunately your mother will have to go away," Judge Durcan said.

Ennis District Court heard that since the teenage girl was last before the court on January 22, she has missed 4.5 out of eight school days.

In the case concerning the teenage boy, since the last day in court on January 22 he was only present for school on one day for 30 minutes and another date for five minutes.

Judge Durcan adjourned both cases to next Wednesday for the teens to have a 100pc attendance record.

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