A JUDGE has hit out at the "baby-sitting service" which gardai are forced to provide to young men who fail to appear in court.
Judge James McDonnell said he was getting "fed up" with young men who do not bother keeping their court appointments, resulting in a "scandalous waste" of resources.
He made his comments after a teenager said he "simply forgot" to appear in court.
The 19-year-old man was due to show proof that he had made a contribution to charity.
Judge McDonnell said he was "fed up" with young men not turning up in court.
The judge said gardai were forced to provide a "baby-sitting service" when they should be out investigating robberies, catching burglars and drug dealers.
Soldier facing drunk charges
A MEMBER of the Irish Army has appeared in court charged with public order matters and resisting arrest.
Alan Mason (23) was allegedly drunk and threatening in public during the incident in Tallaght.
The accused, of Cloonmore Avenue, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and resisting arrest.
The alleged incident took place at Tallaght Cross, Belgard Square on April 1 last. The matter was adjourned for four weeks to a date in May.
Teen 'threw item into jail'
A TEENAGER was charged with trespassing after he was caught by gardai throwing an object from a rooftop into Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.
The south Dublin boy was brought before the Children's Court and charged with trespassing at a house on Glengarriff Parade, which is beside the jail.
Garda Paul Griffin told Judge Heather Perrin that the 16-year-old made no reply when charged. The item thrown was not recovered.
The out-of-work teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his adult brother, was remanded on bail to June.