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Father seen 'working in charity shop' brings legal challenge after losing benefits

A FATHER of two has had his social welfare payments suspended after he was seen working at a charity shop, the High Court has heard.

Oluwasegun David Folorunsho has brought a legal challenge against the Minister for Social Protection arising out of the Minister's decision, taken late last month, to stop paying him his job seeker's allowance.

 

He was subsequently told at a meeting at his local social welfare office that the payment was under review. This was because inspectors with the Department say they saw him working at a shop, and then getting into a car.

 

Mr Folorunsho denies this claim, and says it is a case of mistaken identity. He says that it was another person who was seen at the shop by the inspectors, and the car belongs to a friend of his.  

 

However the inspectors say that no mistake was made.

 

Mr Folorunsho, of Rathgeal, Deansrath, Clondalkin Dublin 22, says that he has not received any payments for some weeks, which has caused him hardship. He had been in receipt of both rent and job seekers allowances, which went towards the care of his two young children.

 

Today barrister Feichín McDonagh SC told the High Court his client's job seekers allowance was cut in late April without any prior notice.

 

Counsel said  it appeared the decision to suspend the payment was taken after his client was seen helping out at the Yaness Africa Shop in Tallaght Village which is run by Mr Folorunsho's mother. 

 

Counsel said it was their case decision to suspend the allowance was a breach of the department's own procedures, natural justice, and is flawed. 

 

In his action against the Minister for Social Protection Mr Folorunsho wants the court to quash the Minister's decision to suspend his job seekers allowance. He is also seeking a declaration from the 

 

Permission to bring the action was granted on an ex-parte basis by Mr Justice Kevin Cross. The Judge, who placed a stay on the suspension, adjourned the matter to a date early next month.

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