Parents threatened to ‘dance’ on top of social worker

A social worker was threatened in voicemails from the parents of a child that they would dance on top of her arising out of a dispute about the manner of an access meeting with the child.

Counsel Ray Boland applied on behalf of the social worker for an injunction against the parents yesterday because of the threats made.

Mr Boland said it arose out of a situation where the mother and father had access to their child at a meeting arranged on March 29 by the Child and Family Agency, which is part of the HSE.

Mr Boland yesterday at Cork Circuit Court that there was a disagreement between the parents and the social worker over the child being taken into care — an issue which had been the subject matter of court proceedings.

A difficulty emerged at a meeting where the parents were to have access to their child. The parents made threats against the social worker on voicemail messages recorded on her phone.

Mr Boland said the father of the child told the social worker: “You are a dirty tramp. I am going to cut your fucking throat, you dirty fucking slut. The kids were supposed to be on their own there today.”

At another stage, the father said to the social worker: “I am going to dance on you, fucking dirty fucking whore. If there is nothing fucking else I am going to cut your fucking throat, you fucking tramp.”

A voicemail from the child’s mother said: “You better ring me fucking back now, girl, I am telling you like, like those children are very upset out in [name of area] You are a c***. The next time I see you I’ll dance on top of you.”

Colm Roberts, solicitor, on behalf of the father, said the father had no difficulty giving an undertaking to stay away from the social worker and make no contact.

Counsel Paul McCarthy, who appeared for the mother, gave a similar undertaking to Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin.

In those circumstances, Mr Boland said there was no necessity to proceed with the injunctive proceedings.


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