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Mum praises court curfew

A MOTHER thanked a judge yesterday for slapping a curfew on her 15-year-old son and ordering him to be drink and drug tested.

The boy was convicted at the Children's Court of public order offences after two late night drink-fuelled incidents, in the Dun Laoghaire district in February and March.

He had denied being intoxicated in public, breach of the peace and failing to comply with a Garda's direction.

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned sentencing until November. The boy's mother said "thank you" as the judge ordered her son to obey a curfew from 10pm to 7am.

Sick children

'sent to school'

Only around one in 10 parents would keep their child off school if they had measles or chicken pox, a new survey suggests.

Research on 3,000 parents found most would send their sick child to school, with only 12pc saying they would keep them off for chicken pox, 9pc for measles and 3pc for worms.

The UK survey, from the Co-operative Pharmacy, found 27pc of parents had not taught their child to wash their hands with soap or an antibacterial wash.

Iceland PM is

facing trial

A special court has heard arguments about whether to dismiss charges against former Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who has been accused of failing to prevent the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland.

Haarde (60) appeared before the Landsdomur, a special court which is being convened for the first time in the nation's history to conduct a trial of charges against a government minister.

A decision is expected within three weeks. Haarde has pleaded not guilty.

Show goes on

for LA wives

reality television show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kept to its scheduled debut last night following a tragic suicide, opening with a distinct message for its viewers, "Life goes on. It has to."

Late last month the US show was rocked when Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of housewife, Taylor Armstrong, hanged himself.