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Man accused of stealing €1k in social welfare payments

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with stealing nearly €1,000 in social welfare payments.

Michael Cawley (36) allegedly stole the money from the post office in Malahide on five occasions last year.

The defendant, of Rivermeade Avenue, St Margaret's, appeared before Swords District Court charged with five counts of theft.

The alleged incidents all took place at Malahide Post Office on dates between July 19 and August 23 last year.

It is alleged that Cawley stole €196 on five occasions, amounting to a total of €980, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act, 2001. The money was allegedly the property of the Department of Social Protection.

Garda Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said there had been a large investigation into this matter. The sergeant said a file had gone to the DPP but gardai had not received instructions.

Judge Patrick Brady remanded Cawley on bail and adjourned the matter for four weeks.