Enoch Burke has turned up at his former school once again today, despite the threat of a large fine.
He arrived at Wilson's Hospital School in a jeep driven by his father at around 8.44am this morning.
The vehicle slowed down upon entry, and Mr Burke was asked whether he'd be going to court today – but he didn’t respond.
Enoch Burke arriving at Wilson’s Hospital School once again this morning.
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He has until 2pm today to promise to stay away from the school.
The High Court yesterday warned that if he refuses to do so, he will face fines of €700 per day until he changes his mind.
Mr Burke received the judgement yesterday morning while standing outside the school for the third day since he was fired from his role last week.
Speaking to reporters as he left the school yesterday afternoon, he refused to say whether he would abide by the court order – but said the fines would make him a ‘pauper’.
He again claimed her was being persecuted for his religious beliefs and labelled the ruling a “stain on this nation, a stain on our land and a stain on our country's history”.
Mr Burke was suspended from his teaching job at Wilson’s Hospital School in Multyfarnham last September following a public disagreement with school management.
That came after he refused to address a gender-transitioning student by a different name and with the pronoun 'they'.
The High Court later ordered him not to attend the school until the process was complete. He refused to do so and spent 108 days in prison for contempt of court.
His failure to secure an injunction to put a stop to the disciplinary process paved the way for the school to dismiss him for serious misconduct last Friday – but he has continued to show up at the school this week.
Speaking to reporters outside the school yesterday, he continued to insist he was being fined for his religion.
“We’re at a time in this country where people are at their wit’s end,” he said.
“With the cost of everything as we know; with the cost of fuel, with the cost of putting bread on the table, clothes on children’s backs.
“Grocery bills have gone up and Brian O’Moore, a Judge of the High Court, has sat down and said to himself that, not only will you have pay for all those things, but you now have to pay for your religious beliefs.
“It makes you a pauper for your religious beliefs.”
In his judgement yesterday, Justice O’Moore noted that the fines would amount to just below €5,000 per week – a sum Mr Burke said was “astronomical”.
He said he was worked at the school for four years and has been saving to “scrape together” enough money for a house deposit.
He insisted he had been ‘ordered to accept transgenderism’ – something he can’t do because it is against his beliefs.
He was highly critical of Justice O’Moore.
“He has one job description, which is to uphold the law and the Constitution,” he said. “That is his job.
“To do justice. To treat people justly and treat people fairly. He sat down and made this judgement and said I was a bad man because I had a religious belief.”
In his judgement, justice O’Moore labelled Mr Burke’s reasoning for his continued attendance at the school ‘quite surreal’ and expressed hope the fines would persuade him to end his “utterly pointless attendance at a school which does not want him on its property”.
He will be fined €700 if he does not agree to stop attending the school by 2pm today.
He will then be fined a further €700 per day until he agrees to do so.
Justice O’Moore is due to reconsider the matter in two weeks on February 10th.