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Man claimed dole while he worked at garda HQ

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Building worker Denis Curran. Photo: Collins Courts

Building worker Denis Curran. Photo: Collins Courts

Building worker Denis Curran. Photo: Collins Courts

A Dublin man is awaiting sentence after he admitted fraudulently claiming the dole while working as a civilian employee at garda headquarters.

Denis Curran (56), of Dunard Avenue, Dublin 7, faced 11 counts of theft and two charges under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act for making false declarations. He appeared yesterday at Dublin District Court where he pleaded guilty.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned sentencing until September.

Sgt Bryan Hunt said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case at District Court level.

After hearing an outline of the allegations, Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction.

It was reported that on 11 occasions last year the accused was granted social welfare benefits, and twice on a date last August he made false declarations to the department.

He did not disclose that he had been working as a civilian member of staff at the garda HQ in Phoenix Park and at Mountjoy Garda Station, Gda Sgt Hunt said.

Leniency

The court heard Curran obtained €2,466.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher had been furnished with disclosure of prosecution evidence.

Pleading for leniency, he told Judge Smyth that his client, who had no previous convictions, was repaying the money.

He added that construction worker Curran lost his job in 2008. He sent out CVs and got some work at garda HQ.

Curran is currently employed, and €30 a week is being deducted from his social welfare payments.

Sgt Hunt said Curran had co-operated with the investigation.

Sentencing was adjourned for him to pay back all the money.