A MAN who stole more than €10,000 from Gay Pride Parade organisers while working as their financial director will be sentenced next January.
John Finucane (35) of Bridgewater Quay, Islandbridge, Dublin, who has a previous conviction from England for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy, was warned by Judge Mary Ellen Ring to disclose his criminal activity to his parents before they read about it in the papers.
Mr Finucane pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing the cash from the Dublin Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) organisation between October 2011 and December 2011.
Detective Garda Derek O'Rourke told prosecutor Michael Bowman that Finucane had access to two of the organisation's credit cards.
He either bought items with the card or withdrew cash from ATMs.
Finucane paid for hotel rooms and into nightclubs for himself and his then partner, bought Christmas presents for his family and friends and flowers for his partner's mother.
Finucane later told gardai that he had been planning to kill himself and was anticipating that a payment due upon his death could be used to reimburse the LGBTQ.
Lorcan Staines, defending, said: "He had made a decision on what he was going to do with his life and had decided to rain gifts on people."
Mr Staines told the court that his client's seven previous convictions related to the accused's relationship with the teenage boy.
Finucane was 25 at the time and counsel said the relationship had not gone further than kissing.
The child had sent him photographs of himself but Finucane had not replied to them.
He served 18 months in prison for the offence and returned to Ireland when he was released.
It was the first such conviction under legislation that had recently come into existence in the UK.
As part of his sentence he was due to report to gardai in Ireland and when he failed to do so he received a further conviction in the district court.
Mr Staines told Judge Ring that Finucane's parents did not know about his involvement in this offence and that he did not have the funds to reimburse LGBTQ.
He said his client suffered from anxiety, depression and stress and had been diagnosed with a serious illness around the time of this offence.
Finucane had been seeing a psychologist throughout his life and had suffered thoughts of suicidal ideation for many years. He is currently studying for a degree in economics.
Judge Ring said €10,000 was "a significant loss" to a voluntary organisation such as LGBTQ and Finucane's actions represented "a significant betrayal".
She adjourned the case to next January and ordered a probation report for that date. Finucane was remanded on continuing bail.