Jailed teacher Enoch Burke’s mother removed from court after branding judges as ‘corrupt’
- 17:03, 14 Oct 2022
- Updated: 17:03, 14 Oct 2022
THE mother of jailed teacher Enoch Burke was removed from court after she interrupted proceedings to say that “corrupt” judges had “denied their vow to uphold the Constitution”.
Mr Justice John Edwards also directed that Burke’s sister, solicitor Ammi Burke, be referred to the Law Society after she refused to apologise for interrupting the proceedings, despite the judge warning that he would hold in contempt anyone who committed a further interruption.
He later rescinded that order.
Enoch Burke was in court to set a date for an appeal hearing regarding a refusal by the High Court to lift an injunction that prevented him from attending a school where he has worked as a teacher.
Mr Burke, who objects to addressing a student with the pronoun “they” and opposes transgenderism, was committed to prison last month until he agrees to obey the order not to attend or attempt to teach any classes at Wilson’s Hospital School in Westmeath.
Due to his refusal to abide by the injunction, he is now in Mountjoy Prison.
When he was brought from the cell area of the courts building, he said that he wanted to make a short oral appeal against certain orders of the High Court, but this was rejected.
When Mr Justice Edwards said that the earliest date he could set for a hearing is February 16 next year, Mr Burke’s family began to interrupt.
His mother Martina Burke said: “He is being incarcerated because of corrupt judges who denied their vow to uphold the Constitution. Have you a problem with religious rights?”
Mr Justice Edwards ordered that Ms Burke be taken from court and briefly left the bench.
When he returned he said: “These proceedings will be carried out with the appropriate decorum. If people interrupt the court I will arise and the matter will not progress.”
He said that he understands this is “stressful” for Ms Burke and said that was why he was only asking for her to go outside but added: “We have to have decorum. We can’t have people shouting up at the bench.”
Mr Burke said the court had not listened to him and quoted a piece of scripture beginning, “woe to them who call evil good.”
Mr Burke asked if Justice Edwards was “colluding” with the High Court judges while Ammi Burke, sitting beside her brother, said: “It is a disgrace, it is very serious.”
Mr Justice Edwards told Ms Burke that she, as a solicitor, is an officer of the court and had heard his warning not to interrupt proceedings.
He repeatedly asked for an apology but when Ms Burke refused, he said that he would direct the matter to the Law Society of Ireland, “where a solicitor and officer of the court interrupted where she is not on record and has sought to be argumentative with the court.”
Moments later, Mr Justice Edwards said: “I will rescind the order referring to the disciplinary committee and we will say no more about it.”