A former principal of a Cork gaelscoil has been charged with deception in relation to enrolment information at the school over a five-year period.

Aileen Ní Cheallagh, of Mill Road, Midleton, Co Cork, faces five counts of deception.

She is charged, on a date unknown between 4 September and 19 December 2005, at Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, Blarney, Co Cork, that she did dishonestly furnish information for the Department of Education and Skills in relation to the enrolment submissions for the school year 2005/2006 and also of producing or making use of a document made or required for accounting purposes that was misleading, false or deceptive.

She faces four additional similar sets of allegations in respect of the school years 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010.

Each of the charges sets out a period during which information in relation to enrolments was allegedly submitted to the department.

Ms Ní Cheallagh was the principal of Gaelscol Mhuscraí at the time.

The case has been sent forward to Cork Circuit Criminal Court beginning on 7 February 2017. 

There was no State objection to the accused being remanded on bail until then.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, represented the defendant and there was no application for free legal aid.