Mother pleads guilty to neglecting five children

A 33-year-old mother has pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate food and clothing for five children.

A 33-year-old mother has pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate food and clothing for five children.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the children’s identity, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 10 counts of neglecting the children between May 2005 and September 2007.

The court was cleared before the hearing due to the sensitive nature of the case. However a social worker with the HSE was allowed remain after he told the judge he wanted to hear the charges as there are concerns about the welfare of another child in the woman’s care.

The court heard there are outstanding issues in the District Court concerning this sixth child.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the case until February when full evidence will be heard.

Prosecuting counsel, Ms Isobel Kennedy SC, said all facts about the children’s condition and welfare will be heard on that date, not just evidence relating to their food and clothing.

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