Mum stole clothes for her young children
A mother stole clothes for her children on "the spur of the moment" when she realised she was short of cash while queuing at the checkout, a court heard.
Mother-of-three Margaret McInerney (31) was caught leaving the store with the items.
Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act, leaving her without a theft conviction.
McInerney, from New Road, Portlaoise, pleaded guilty to stealing €49 worth of items from Penneys, at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the shoplifting took place last June 3.
Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan said the accused put the goods into her bag and left without attempting to pay.
However, she was stopped by security after she passed all points of payment and gardai were called.
The court heard that McInerney was a single mother whose youngest child was a two-month-old.
The items stolen were children's wear, her barrister Jennifer Jackson said.
McInerney had been queuing when she deci- ded to walk out without paying.