A Dublin mother is facing prosecution after her daughter missed 99 school days.
The mother could be fined up to €1,000 and jailed for a month for breaking the Education (Welfare) Act for not complying with an official warning to ensure her child went to school.
She was summonsed to appear before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court.
Solicitor Dorothy Ware, for the Child & Family Agency, Tusla, said the girl, who is in her mid-teens has missed 99 days in the school year. Efforts have also been made to serve a summons on the teen’s father who lives a different address to the mother.
Legal aid was granted.
Judge John Brennan ordered the woman to appear again later this month.
Her lawyer said it was thought that some progress would be made on the next date.
Judge Brennan said it was in the interest of the woman that she should co-operate with the welfare agencies and that her child attends school.