'Remarkable turn around' for Kildare boy who missed 88 days of school - court hears

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'Remarkable turnaround' for Kildare boy who missed 88 days of school 

Athy court

A mum of seven was back before Athy District Court on Tuesday to update the court after her nine-year-old missed 88 days of school last year.

The mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the charge last January.

The court heard that since then her child has been attending school practically every day in what was described as 'a remarkable turn around'.

When the case first appeared before the court the defendant said that she had no transport to bring her son to school, three miles away.

She said that there was no public transport and that her son could not walk the three miles and back as it was too far. She also said that she could not get a place on the private school bus, adding that even the school had tried on her behalf. The mother told the court that the nine-year-old does not want to go to school with his older siblings who are in post primary and could walk him to school.

She said he started 'kicking and screaming'. Judge Desmond Zaidan at the time warned the defendant that if she gave him any excuses she would go to prison,.

"The boy is not at fault here you are."

Since then the boy has been attending school as the mother is paying a taxi to bring him to and from the school at her own expense.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that he would apply the Probation act as the mother had pleaded guilty.

"Tell him to engage in sports and then he will enjoy school," he said. "You are doing very well."