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Mother facing jail and fine for daughter who missed 135 school days

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Court: The woman's daughter missed 135 days of school
Court: The woman's daughter missed 135 days of school

A MOTHER is facing prosecution after her 14-year-old child missed 135 school days since September.

The woman is facing prosecution by the Child and Family Agency (CFA) at Dublin District Court due to the number of days her child has missed. The case has been adjourned to allow time for welfare reports to be furnished to the court.

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

Dorothy Ware, solicitor for the CFA, told Judge Michael Coghlan that the woman's daughter has missed 135 school days in the current academic year. Child protection services have got involved, the court also heard.

The CFA asked the court to order the woman to co-operate with social services and attend meetings with them.

Judge Coghlan agreed to the request and said he was very concerned at the level of absenteeism. He added that the child has effectively missed a whole school year.

However, he was also told by the defence that a pscychological assessment of the girl is to be carried out.

The mother, who did not address the court, was ordered to appear again in four weeks.

Adjourning the case, Judge Coghlan said he wanted progress to be made and psychological and child welfare reports to be furnished to the court.