Guilty pleas to truancy charges

Guilty pleas to truancy charges
The parents of four families who failed to have their children regularly attend school appeared in Letterkenny District Court this week.

The parents of four families who failed to have their children regularly attend school appeared in Letterkenny District Court this week.

The families who reside in the Letterkenny area pleaded guilty to “failing to cause a pupil to attend schools” after charges were brought by the Child and Family Agency.

The court heard that charges related to ten children failing to attended two secondary and two nationals schools on dates in September and May 2014. Seven of the parents were charged. Three families had two children while one had four children and ranged in age from eight to 14.

The court heard the children had been “absent more than they were present” but there has been “dramatic improvements” in attendance recently. Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing to June 2.