a father-of-six who told gardai he was dealing drugs to support his family after losing his job as a dump truck driver has been jailed for seven years.
Paul Molloy (41), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having almost 5.8kg of cannabis resin worth €34,752 for sale or supply at his mother's Cabra home on September 6 last year.
Gda Emmett Brannigan agreed with Bernard Condon SC, defending, that when asked by gardai in interview if he had any assets, Molloy replied: "F**k all, too many kids."
He admitted he had the cannabis resin for selling to support his family and said he was not a drug user.
Molloy was also caught in 2007 with €12,000 worth of cocaine. He claimed he was selling those drugs having lost his job with the downturn in the construction industry. He was jailed for three years in November 2008 for that offence.
Gda Brannigan told Fionnuala O'Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that Molloy's mother's home was searched following a tip-off and the cannabis resin was found in a box in a locked shed.
Officers immediately suspected Molloy and arrived at his home to arrest him. He returned to his mother's home, identified the drugs and took full responsibility.
Mr Condon told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that Molloy has five children ranging from four to 18 years old with his partner of 20 years and an older child from a previous relationship.
He said he had worked as a dump truck driver for sometimes up to 70 hours a week but lost that job with the downturn.
A letter from his partner described him as a good support to her and "a good dad".
Judge Ring said it seemed that something is starting to change again in the construction industry, but remarked that it was "too late" for Molloy.
"Many fellow construction workers had to leave this country or remain here and struggle but they don't resort to dealing drugs," she said.
Judge Ring refused to suspend any of the sentence.