Castlebar secondary school teacher Enoch Burke has finished out the school year by continuing to attend the school that sacked him some months ago.

Mr. Burke made the trip from County Mayo to Wilson Hospital School in Multyfarnham, County Westmeath yesterday as his attendance fines racked up to some €88,900.

A daily fine of €700 was imposed upon him by the High Court back on January 27 for every time he would come to the school.

He was sacked by the school for refusing to comply with a transgender student’s request to call them by their new name and by their “they/them” pronouns.

Last month, the High Court granted the school permanent injunction prohibiting Mr Burke from entering onto its premises and awarded the school €15,000 in damages for trespass.

According to the Irish Independent, Mr. Burke has not ruled out a return to Wilson’s Hospital School in September, describing the fines he has racked up for contempt of court as “oppression.”


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