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Mother-of-six briefly jailed over home-schooling row

Mountjoy prison
Image caption Monica O'Connor from Tullow, County Carlow, was briefly held in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin on Wednesday

A mother-of-six was briefly sent to prison on Wednesday because she refuses to pay a fine in a row over home-schooling.

Monica O'Connor from Tullow, County Carlow, was released from jail shortly after arriving at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

In the Republic of Ireland, parents who want their children to be home-schooled must register with a statutory body.

Monica O'Connor and her husband Eddie O'Neill refused to do so.

They argued they already have a constitutional right to teach their own children.

After the children are registered with the Education Welfare Board, they can be assessed at a later stage.

In June 2014, they were told they each faced up to ten days in jail if they did not pay a €2,000 fine.

By arrangement on Wednesday morning, Ms O'Connor went with police to Mountjoy Prison but was almost immediately released.

Ms O'Connor and her husband, a secondary school teacher, have also fostered 20 children in the last 10 years.

After her release she said she was "delighted to be free".

Her husband still faces the prospect of jail, if only briefly.