Wednesday 18 September 2019

Dublin mum prosecuted over daughter missing 50 days of school has sentencing adjourned

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Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN mother prosecuted because her daughter missed 50 days of school over a year has had sentencing adjourned to ensure the child’s attendance has improved.

Judge Anthony Halpin agreed to grant an adjournment after it has improved since January when the case was last before the court.

Prosecution solicitor Orla Crowe said the Child and Family Agency was seeking the adjournment and it would encourage good school attendance continues.

The woman has pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to breaking the Education (Welfare) Act by not complying with official warnings about school attendance.

The penalty on first conviction is a fine of up to €1,000 and a possible one-month sentence per charge.

The minimum school leaving age is 16 years, or the completion of three years of post-primary education.

The court had heard the woman’s daughter missed 42 out of 175 days in the 2017-2018 school year and 10 out of about 71 days from September until January.

The judge had warned he wanted a “significant improvement” in the girl’s school going.

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