A Mum-OF-SEVEN has pleaded guilty to unlawfully claiming almost €20,000 in lone-parent benefits while she was married.
Denise McCarthy (43), with an address at Griffith Heights, Finglas East, is being prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection.
Her current repayments are €15 a week which she explained is being taken out of her carer's allowance.
"I've seven kids, I'm finding it very hard," she told the court.
Judge O'Neill adjourn sentencing until November.