The Supreme Court has been told that a teenage Traveller whose mother challenged a secondary school's admission policy could be awarded compensation over a refusal to give him a place.

Mary Stokes, mother of 16-year-old John Stokes, challenged the admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel.

The policy gave priority to sons of past pupils.

The school's decision to refuse John a place four years ago resulted in a number of challenges.

The Equality Tribunal found he had been discriminated against. 

Both the Circuit Court and the High Court overturned that finding in favour of the school.

Mrs Stokes, a mother-of-seven, wants the Supreme Court to overturn the High Court decision.

The case will continue tomorrow.