Mother of nine avoids jail in school attendance case

first_imgFacebook Twitter by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK mother narrowly avoided prison for failing to ensure three of her nine children went to school after a Circuit Court judge said he struggled to find an appropriate ruling that would bring stability to the troubled family.Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that the eldest of the nine children, a boy now 16, missed every school day since September and had long periods of absence over two previous school years.The case also involved two younger siblings, a girl aged 14 and a boy aged 11, who also had long absences from school over similar periods.After eleven previous appearances, the mother was given three concurrent 14-day jail sentences for breaches of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 at the District Court last July.This Tuesday, she appealed the severity of the sentence at Limerick Circuit Court.Solicitor for Tusla, the child and family agency, Muiris Gavin, said that despite the huge resources being deployed to the family, matters had not improved and there were fears for the other children who were not part of the prosecution.On each of the previous ten appearances at both courts, the mother had been given a chance to improve the situation.Mr Gavin told Judge O’Donnell that the eldest boy turned 16 last November and was no longer compelled to attend school. He missed 122 out of 183 school days during 2013/14 and in 2014/15 missed 95 of 182 school days.Three prosecution were brought in respect of the boy and his 14 year-old sister, who missed 59 days out of 164 in the 2014/15 school year and their younger brother, who missed 64 out of 183 days in the 2013/2014 school year.Defence solicitor Eimear Carey, said the woman was “struggling on her own” with regard to the eduction of her children. There was a “complex volatile relationship regarding her dealings with the children’s father and when things were going well, there was an improvement”.Judge O’Donnell said the dilemma he faced was that if he failed to jail the mother, the younger children would be deprived of their education.However if she was in prison, other agencies would have to be called in to deal with the family situation. The fact that she was a mother of a large family was not a defence as to her responsibilities.Addressing the woman, he said: “I don’t want to sent you to prison, I don’t believe any judge would want to send you to prison. It is your children’s future that is at stake and a lack of education will cost them in life.”Stating that he did not disagree with the sentence handed down by the District Court, he suspended the three concurrent sentences for 12 months. Linkedin Print Previous articleAttack on firefighters sparks new call for legal protectionNext articleTwo and a Half Tenors in concert Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email Advertisement NewsMother of nine avoids jail in school attendance caseBy Staff Reporter – January 15, 2016 689 WhatsApplast_img read more

“Community Call” funding announced for 86 groups

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA “Community Call” funding announced for 86 groups Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Previous articleDriver arrested after positive drug test during kebab runNext articleKayakers rescued by Bunbeg Coastguard News Highland Almost €82,000 has been allocated to Donegal under the COVID 19 Emergency Fund from the Department of Rural & Community Development in April to provide support to Community Groups who are directly involved in the Community Call.Donegal County Council has this morning confirmed funding from the money to 86 Groups throughout the county who are supporting their community through provision of meals, shopping and prescription collection and delivery services, as well as supporting the vulnerable and producing of PPE equipment.Payment of 50% of the grant awarded will issue to all successful applicants this week. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 6, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Bakery charged over contaminated water

first_imgIrish bakery brand Easibake Food has been found guilty of using contaminated water in its products at its Pontypool facility in Wales.The bakery, owned by Evron Foods, was found by Torfaen Environmental Health officers to be using water that was contaminated by the chemical trichloroethene (TCE).The water was being used as an ingredient in some bakery products, including four par-baked breads which were ready to be supplied to multinational food retailers. This led to the withdrawal of bread products from across the UK.Easibake Foods pleaded guilty to two charges for the unlicensed abstraction of water and failure to ensure food was not contaminated.A spokesman for Easibake Foods has stressed the company had co-operated fully with Torfaen County Borough Council, and said it had acted swiftly to stop using water from its private supply and had undertaken a precautionary withdrawal of bread products made at Pontypool. He added the issue had posed a very low risk of adversely affecting human health and, since the incident, the water borehole had been closed.The spokesman said: “Easibake Foods takes very seriously its responsibilities for maintaining the highest quality levels in relation to all aspects of their manufacturing processes. Regular tests have taken place since the incident all of which have resulted in exemplary reports.”Councillor Gwyneira Clark, executive member for housing, planning and public protection at the council, said: “In this particular case, it was not just a case of protecting the public health of Torfaen residents but those consuming bread products across the UK.”last_img read more