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Landmark settlement for teenage mother

BY CHRISTINA WHITE

A TEENAGE mother who was barred from her Northern Ireland convent school during her pregnancy has won a landmark compensation case.

Margaret McCloskey, 21, who is in the final year of her land economy degree at New Hall, Cambridge, was awarded damages of £6,250 in an out-ofcourt settlement with her former school Mount Lourdes convent in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Miss McCluskey became _pregnant at 16 and was suspended from the school because she "conflicted" with its ethos. She went on to pass eight GCSEs, despite giving birth to her daughter Judina in the middle of the exam period in June 1998. She was re-admitted to Mount Lourdes for A-levels, and after achieving two at A grade and one at B grade was accepted

ted Cambridge. ted Cambridge.

She maintained that she had the case to ensure "it can't now happen to someone else".

Miss McCluskey was backed by the Equality Commission.

In a statement, the school said it regretted its actions and the distress caused to Miss McCluskey. Department for

• Education guidelines state that pregnancy is not a reason for PA exclusion from school.




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