Enoch is Enjoying, the Media Platform; Religious Fanatic, probably, but He has the Right, to Oppose Transgender. Mayo has a few, Religious Maniacs, some English So Called Catholics, who cause, Havoc in Families, Sad thing is, they Give Fuck all, but Criticise our Priests, yet Take all, from the State?

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Teacher Enoch Burke refuses to take Covid test behind bars after being sent to jail

  • 16:59, 13 Sep 2022
  • Updated: 17:04, 13 Sep 2022

A TEACHER sent to jail for contempt in a bitter transgender row has refused to take a Covid test behind bars, it has emerged.

Controversial devout Christian Enoch Burke told prison officers in Mountjoy he would not take the test.

School teacher Burke arriving at the High Court, Dublin, after he was committed to Mountjoy Prison
School teacher Burke arriving at the High Court, Dublin, after he was committed to Mountjoy PrisonCredit: PA

He now has to spend a total of ten days in isolation until the prison authorities are satisfied he hasn’t got the virus.

So far he has no interacted with one other prisoner in C wing since a High Court judge jailed him last week for refusing to obey a court order.

He was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing from Wilson Hospital School near Mullingar, Co Westmeath after he refused to address a transgender student with the pronoun “they”.

Mr Burke is challenging his paid suspension and refused to comply with the court order to stay away from the school. His case is back in court tomorrow morning.

The case has gained traction right across the globe with right wing religious groups supporting Mr Burke.

He also informed them that he has strong Christian beliefs and would not be purging his contempt under any circumstances.

He has defended himself in his court appearances.

A Mountjoy source said: “He refused to take the Covid test which is his right.

“However it means he has to be kept in isolation for a longer period, 10 days.”

The Irish Prison Service said every inmate has a right to refuse a Covid test and it is not unusual.

Mr Burke was suspended from his job as a history and German teacher at Wilson’s Hospital School, Co Westmeath which has a Church of Ireland ethos.


He refused to comply with a High Court injunction instructing him to stay away from the school after he was suspended with full pay from his position.

Mr Burke was then arrested and brought before the High Court last week to face the music.

He defended himself and told the Judge, Mr Justice Max Barrett, if he had to remain in prison for “every hour of every day for the next 100 years” he would not compromise his religious beliefs and agree to comply with the terms of the court order.

The teacher added that he was being denied his constitutional right to his religious freedom and transgenderism was contrary to scripture and he would “only obey God”.

Mr Burke pointed out he doesn’t even teach the student involved.

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