On Tuesday, the Garda detained a teacher before releasing him pending the submission of a file to the DPP.
Following his garda arrest on Tuesday on the school grounds for violating public order laws, Enoch Burke returned to Wilson’s Hospital School on Wednesday morning.
After being brought to Mullingar Garda station on Tuesday, the teacher had returned to the school. At that time, Frank Milling, the principal, forbade him from entering the grounds.
On Friday, Mr. Burke was removed from his job as a teacher at the school in Multyfarnham, County Westmeath.
He has 10 working days to appeal the decision under the school’s disciplinary policies.
Mr. Burke tried unsuccessfully last week to obtain a High Court injunction to stop the disciplinary proceedings. He claimed that the procedure had “gone irredeemably wrong.”
He had been placed on paid administrative leave and suspended until the procedure, which was prompted by a report written by Niamh McShane, the previous head of the school, in August of last year.
It was in reference to Mr. Burke’s public resistance to that directive at a school event in June, as well as his email disagreement to a directive last May to teachers to address a transitioning kid by their chosen name and use the pronouns “they/them.” He claims that following such a directive violates his religious principles.
Speaking to reporters outside the school’s entrance, Mr. Burke said that his arrest was “wrongfully” and called the situation “reprehensible.”