Co Westmeath school seeks temporary possession of suspended teacher Enoch Burke's assets

Enoch Burke
Enoch Burke

A Co Westmeath secondary school has returned to the High Court in Dublin claiming one of its teachers has again breached the terms of an order preventing him from being on the premises.

Wilson's Hospital school is seeking an order of sequestration to remove Enoch Burke's assets from him, rather than seeking to re-activate the order committing the Co Mayo teacher to prison.

Sequestration of assets would mean taking temporary possession of the teacher's property until he obeys the court's order.

Mr Burke recently spent more than 100 days in Mountjoy Prison for his refusal to comply with an injunction preventing from being on the school's campus.

He is currently suspended on full pay, pending the outcome of an internal disciplinary investigation into alleged misconduct.

This relates to his refusal to refer to a student at the school, who wishes to transition, as a 'they' and not a 'he'.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt was told that, in breach of court orders made last year, Mr Burke attended at Wilson's Hospital School premises last week.

Counsel said that the school was not seeking an order directing the gardaí to arrest Mr Burke and bring him before the court to answer the claim that he is again in contempt of court.

This is due to the fact that he is due before the court today in respect of his own application for an injunction preventing the school from holding a disciplinary meeting on January 19 concerning the alleged misconduct.

Counsel said that the school will fully oppose Mr Burke's motion and wants its contempt motion to be heard in conjunction with the teacher's injunction application.