Tuesday 21 May 2019

Mum went on €25,000 spending spree with the bank's money, court told

Margaret McDonnell (25) faces trial in front of a jury. Photo: Damien Eagers
Margaret McDonnell (25) faces trial in front of a jury. Photo: Damien Eagers
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A mum-of-two accused of going on a €25,000 spending spree after a sum of money was mistakenly lodged in her bank account has been sent for trial

Margaret McDonnell (25) is alleged to have spent the money on jewellery, shoes and clothing as well as groceries and bed linen.

The accused, with an address at Rathvilly Park in Finglas, is facing more than 50 charges of theft, relating to stealing in excess of €25,000 in cash belonging to Bank of Ireland, which had been mistakenly lodged to her account.


Ms McDonnell appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court recently.

The thefts are all alleged to have taken place over a two-week period in March 2013.

It is alleged that Ms McDonnell spent more than €9,000 on jewellery and gifts in Tierney & Co Gift Shop.

She is also alleged to have spent money on goods in New Look, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Heatons, The Nike Store, Shoe Rack and the Bedlinen Warehouse.

Ms McDonnell is further accused of withdrawing large sums of cash during the same two-week period in March 2013, in amounts ranging from €100 to €5,000.

The money was allegedly withdrawn by Ms McDonnell from a number of ATMs across west Dublin.


A State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The court previously heard that Ms McDonnell is a lone parent with two children.

Judge David McHugh assigned defence solicitor Simon Fleming and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Ms McDonnell has not yet indicated how a plea to the charges. She was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the circuit court in October.

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