Mother before court on children’s school attendance record

By Brendan Grehan

The school attendance report of two children is ‘very positive’, Tallaght District Court has heard.

The children’s mother was before Judge Bernadette Owens for a probation report.

Tallaght Court June 2016

The 35-year-old, who has an address in Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with a school attendance notice on June 30, 2016, ensuring the attendance of two of her children at school in Tallaght.

The court had heard in the 2015-2016 educational year the girl (13) had missed 62 out of 181 days, an absence rate of 34 per cent.

The boy (10) in the same year had missed 78 out of 181 days, an absence rate of 43 per cent.

The court had heard that the girl had an absence rate of 36 per cent on dates between April 7 and and June 30 last and the boy had an absence rate of 19 per cent for the same dates.

Reading the report, Judge Owens told the woman that the report was “very positive”.

Judge Owens wondered if she would adjourn the case for Judge Patricia McNamara’s attention as she had originally heard the case.

The solicitor for the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, told Judge Owens that the report was very positive. She said that the school attendance of both children had improved. One of the children had missed just two days out of 64 and the second child had missed six days out of 64.

She suggested that the case be adjourned with liberty to re-enter if problems arose in the future.

Mr Hennessy consented to his colleague’s application.

Judge Owens told the woman: “It’s important that you don’t take your foot off the pedal”.

She adjourned the case generally with liberty to re-enter.

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