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Boy who missed 133 days is back in school


SENTENCING has been adjourned in the case of a mother who admitted she "put her head in the sand" while her 11-year-old child missed 133 school days in less than a year.

The woman is facing prosecution by the Child and Family Agency (CFA) at Dublin District Court.

She could be fined up to €1,000 and jailed for a month after pleading guilty to breaking the Education (Welfare) Act for not complying with an official warning to ensure her child went to school.

Judge Michael Coghlan heard that since the case was last before the court, earlier this month, the woman's child has returned to school and she is "trying to get him into a routine".

There has also been progress in relation to her attending meetings with education authorities.

The defence said that his client, who did not address the court, is now making a much better effort.

Judge Coghlan adjourned the case for four weeks.

The court had been told that since the current academic year in September, the boy "has been absent for 133 days".

Up until the start of this month he had an attendance rate of just 11pc.

A school attendance notice was sent to the mother in November but the child did not return to school for about five months.

The woman has not co-operated with welfare officers despite 15 home visits and 27 letters being sent to her.