School boss who refused pregnant girl place was a
Padraig O’Shea cited need for moral integrity when banning the pregnant girl
By PATRICK COUNIHAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer Published Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:52 AM
Updated Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:52 AM
The private school manager who
questioned the morals of a pregnant
teenager has been exposed as a tax
Padraig O’Shea hit the headlines when
he refused to allow the 16-year-old
attend St Joseph’s College in the
Tipperary town of Borrisoleigh.
He was unrepentant when Ireland’s
Children’s Ombudsman ruled that St
Joseph’s discriminated against the girl
who was refused a place because she
At the time he quoted the need for moral
'Parents appreciate discipline in a school. It is my duty to ensure that parents who repose
confidence in me are duly rewarded, and my student body and my staff are people of the highest
integrity and we shall retain our reputation in all respects. Simple as that,' O'Shea said.
The teenager applied for a place at St Joseph's while pregnant in 2009 and again after giving birth
in 2010. She was refused on both occasions.
O’Shea left his position as principal in 2009 and stayed on as manager.
Now the Irish Independent has revealed that O’Shea was forced to make a million dollar plus
settlement with the Irish taxman.
He has been named on a list of defaulters by the revenue commissioners and charged unpaid
taxes, interest and fines.
The paper reports that the Revenue said that he had been found to have under-declared income
tax in a revenue deposit interest reporting case.