Mother gets 24 years for neglecting 8 children
A 47-year-old mother of eight has been given a 24 year sentence at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for cruelty and neglect of her offspring.
The woman pleaded guilty to eight sample charges of assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting two sons and six daughters over seven years from 2002 to 2009.
The mother cannot be named to protect the identity of the children.
Judge Raymond Groarke said it was incredible that the abuse could go on for so many years with little or no intervention, when imposing the sentence.
The final 16 years of the sentence were suspended.