The High Court has granted an order for the arrest of a former nursing student who has refused to stop attending lectures despite having failed first-year exams.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology brought proceedings against Anna Marie Flanagan, who has addresses at Kilmucklin, Tullamore and Upton House, Clara, both in Co Offaly, claiming she is in breach of a High Court order to stop her attending lectures.

The High Court was told that Ms Flanagan is a former nursing and midwifery student who failed her first exams.

She continued to attend second-year lectures. In May of this year GMIT secured a High Court order to prevent her from doing so.

However, when the new term began this year she started attending third-year lectures, despite not being registered or enrolled on the course.

Her continued presence at lectures was disruptive to other students, lawyers for GMIT said.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross ordered that Ms Flanagan be arrested and brought before the High Court in the coming days.