Friday 24 November 2017

Homeschool mum Monica O’Connor is no criminal but she must learn to respect the law

Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

Never has a jailing caused so much comment.

Monica O’Connor spent an extra hour in stir, during which an extensive Garda operation involving her arrest, transport from Carlow to Dublin (and presumably back again), not to mention the paperwork, administrative and court costs, was funded by the compliant taxpayer. 

Her crime? It wasn’t, as some believe, not sending her kids to school – this she is perfectly entitled to eschew so long as they get an education equal to that offered to other children; nor was it her refusal to be registered as a ‘home-schooler’.  It was the fact that having made those decisions for the good of their family, they didn’t want a state official assessing the quality, level or extent of schooling that their children then received. 

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