One man, who owes €1,280, will spend the weekend in Limerick prison after failing to come up with the monies
A judge sent three fathers to the cells at Ennis Courthouse in less than 30 minutes for failing to adhere to court orders to pay agreed maintenance for their children.
Two men were released within an hour, with one transferring the final portion of the €694.30 to his ex-partner via his smartphone in front of Judge Larkin.
In a fourth case, Judge Larkin told another father to “stop the nonsense and get a job”.
Judge Larkin made her comment after the unemployed father told her he spends his days ‘tidying up the house’.
His ex-partner told the court that the man in his 30s also helps out his father on the farm.
Judge Larkin asked: “Why are you farming? You have the leisure of working on your father’s farm because you love your father and you won’t get a job to pay for your children.”
Judge Larkin warned if the man doesn’t set up a direct debit for his maintenance payments, he will be going to jail the next time in court.