A JUDGE has ordered gardai to arrest the parents of a 10-year-old boy after they failed to turn up in court to explain why their son missed over 60pc of school days.
The case involving the third class student from Co Limerick was one of three prosecutions taken by the National Educational Welfare Board at Newcastle West District Court yesterday.
The prosecutions for breaching School Attendance Notices were brought under the Education Welfare Act 2000.
Educational welfare officer Stuart Moloney told the court the boy, who was in school on Monday, was aware of yesterday's proceedings but his parents, who are members of the Traveller community, had not turned up in court.
Judge Mary Larkin issued a bench warrant for their arrest.