Irish teacher released after 400+ days in jail over refusal to use transgender pronouns

ER Editor: We had reported on Enoch Burke’s original predicament almost 2 years ago. See —

Irish Teacher Suspended, Jailed After Refusing Trans Student’s Pronouns

A reminder that Burke was being suspended from the school premises, pending a disciplinary hearing, for refusing to comply over the pronoun issue within the school on behalf of a ‘transitioning’ student. A court had to issue an order ruling he should stay away from the premises because he had refused to do so. He wouldn’t comply with that court order, and that was how his initial imprisonment came about, for being in contempt of court. His imprisonment wasn’t over failing to respect pronoun use. As the LifeSite News report describes, there is even more to the story.

Here’s Enoch’s latest reaction on Youtube (see the channel of brother Josiah Burke) –


Burke explains in this 6-minute video below the legal aspects of the case where the real matter at hand, enforced use of pronouns by the school management (thus, adherence to the ideology of transgenderism), is not being addressed by the Court. As he says, he has a constitutional right to profess his faith and religion, and this fundamental issue is not being dealt with. 


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Irish media reported that Justice Sanfey ordered Burke to be released now that Irish schools are on their summer recess but that the teacher risked returning to jail if he breaks conditions of his release. Those conditions include a ban on him returning to the Church of Ireland Wilson’s Hospital secondary school in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, where Burke taught.

The saga surrounding the jailed teacher has been ongoing since 2022. Burke, a teacher of history and German, refused to comply with his school principal’s May 9, 2022 order to use a female name and pronoun for a male student who was in the process of “transitioning.”

This decision set him on a course that ultimately led to his imprisonment. He was placed on paid administrative leave in August 2022 while the school board held a disciplinary process, but when he continued to come to the school, he was served an order to ban him from entering – something he also ignored.

He was then arrested for contempt of court on September 5, 2022, while sitting in an empty classroom in the school. He was sentenced to jail for an unspecified period of time, until he either purged his contempt of court or until the court decreed otherwise. However, after 108 days in jail, he was released by the High Court after the judge argued that Burke was using his imprisonment for his own ends.

In January 2023, the school had issued a notice of dismissal to Burke. After Burke continued to present himself at the school from that month, incurring a daily fine of €700 every time, he was subsequently imprisoned once again in September 2023.

His current release is, as mentioned, due to the summer term holidays rather than the judge exonerating Burke, with the very real threat of future jail time if the former teacher returns to his school.

Burke has consistently maintained that his imprisonment and firing from the school are unjust, stating in January 2023 that the judge “wants to fine me for the profession of my religious beliefs.” He has also denied that he is in contempt of court.

His arrest and jail term are technically due to Burke’s refusal to comply with the court order to avoid the school rather than his refusal to use the transgender pronouns, though as highlighted by Gript Media, Burke has not been required to purge his “contempt of court” in being released on June 28.

The case has become a pivotal and divisive one in Ireland as the issue of transgender ideology becomes more aggressively prevalent in society.

Some have hailed Burke as a public champion in the cause against the growing acceptance of transgender ideology.

Others have argued that Burke’s jail term is due to his own continued refusal to accept his firing by the school and that he could walk free if he only agreed to not present himself at the school.

Burke is from a family of Evangelical Christians, who are well known in the public domain and the court rooms for their vocal stance in defense of Christian values in Irish society. Future developments in his case, and whether or not he will remain free from jail in the future, remains to be seen with his personal future being largely in his own hands.



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