Bar manager who stole €12,000 avoids prison
A woman who stole almost €12,000 from the pub where she worked as general manager has walked free from court with a suspended sentence.
Donna McGarry (38) pleaded guilty to two counts of theft at Four Dame Lane, Dublin, carried out on dates between October 4 and November 6, 2017.
At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Melanie Greally sentenced McGarry to two-and-a-half years in prison, but suspended it in full.
The judge set a headline sentence of three years, but gave McGarry credit for her early guilty plea, her good work history and the excellent testimonial from her current employer.
Judge Greally said McGarry was someone of "otherwise good character" who had held a responsible position within the Odeon Group where she had access to cash flow and bank accounts.
The Odeon Group owns the pub Four Dame Lane in Dublin city centre.
The judge said McGarry had "succumbed to the temptation" of using her employers' money to tackle her own particularly difficult financial situation.
She said McGarry had no previous convictions and had fully repaid the money stolen, which amounted to €11,900.