Traveller could get compensation in Clonmel school admission case

Tuesday 28 January 2014 21.36
The Circuit Court and the High Court found in favour of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel
The Circuit Court and the High Court found in favour of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel

The Supreme Court has been told that a teenage Traveller whose mother challenged a secondary school's admission policy could be awarded compensation over a refusal to give him a place.

Mary Stokes, mother of 16-year-old John Stokes, challenged the admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel.

The policy gave priority to sons of past pupils.

The school's decision to refuse John a place four years ago resulted in a number of challenges.

The Equality Tribunal found he had been discriminated against. 

Both the Circuit Court and the High Court overturned that finding in favour of the school.

Mrs Stokes, a mother-of-seven, wants the Supreme Court to overturn the High Court decision.

The case will continue tomorrow.