Traveller family loses case against Clonmel school

An appeal taken by a Traveller family in the High Court against Clonmel High school has been dismissed.

An appeal taken by a Traveller family in the High Court against Clonmel High school has been dismissed.

The family claimed it had been discriminated against when their son was refused admission to the Clonmel school.

The Circuit Court dismissed the claim and the decision was appealed to the High Court which delivered its verdict on Friday.

The Stokes family had claimed that the school policy of favouring sons of past pupils was discriminatory.

John Stokes was refused admission in 2009 as the school was over-subscribed with the family claiming the admission policy was discriminatory as John’s father did not attend secondary school like many Traveller men of his generation.

The Circuit Court ruled in favour of the school and the decision was upheld in the High Court with Justice Patrick McCarthy saying the school policy disadvantaged everyone who was not the son of a past pupil and not just Travellers.