Mum ordered to repay €15k in children's allowance
A Dublin mother has pleaded guilty to unlawfully receiving more than €15,000 in children's allowance payments while she working for Microsoft in Australia for three years.
Clodagh Logue (42), with an address at Granville Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty in a prosecution brought by the Department of Social Protection. The offence, which is under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act, can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a six-month sentence.
Judge John O'Neill heard at Dublin District Court that she received €15,618 but has been making repayments and still owes €8,848.
She had been working for Microsoft in Ireland but was moved by her employer to its operation in Sydney. She was there for three years while she was still claiming child benefit.
Her solicitor said the money was paid into her Dublin account and it was "out of sight, out of mind". She came back just once in the three years.
The case was adjourned to October to allow her to repay the full amount.