Enoch Burke has again returned to Wilson’s Hospital School in Co Westmeath following his dismissal from his teaching position there last week.
Burke arrived with his father around 8:40 a.m. Thursday and was denied entry to the school building. He also attended periods on Tuesday, when he was arrested before returning to school, and again on Wednesday.
The teacher was suspended last year and placed on paid administrative leave pending disciplinary proceedings, launched following a report made last August by the school’s then principal, Niamh McShane.
He was referring to Mr. Burke’s emailed objection to an instruction last May for teachers to address a transitioning student by his chosen name and using the pronouns “they/they” and his public opposition to that instruction at a school event last June. He alleges that such an address is a violation of his religious beliefs.
Last week he failed in his attempts to obtain an injunction from the High Court to prevent the disciplinary hearing from taking place, arguing that the process had “gone hopelessly wrong”. He went ahead and was informed that he was going to be fired on Friday.
Mr. Burke was jailed for contempt of court orders in early September because he continued to attend school despite court orders preventing him from doing so. He was released indefinitely on December 21, after 108 days, without having purged the contempt of him.
After he attended school again on January 5 after Christmas break, the school applied for orders to fine Mr. Burke or temporarily withhold his property. That request, which Mr. Burke strongly opposed, will be resolved later.