Dublin woman on trial for claiming €28,000 in one parent family payments

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A 55-year-old Dublin woman is to face trial for allegedly claiming almost €28,000 in one parent family payments after she got married.

Geraldine McGillivary, of Macroom Road, Bonnybrook, Coolock is being prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection for concealing the fact that she had got married in 2007 and continued claiming the payment until 2010.

Judge John O'Neill heard at Dublin District Court that she received €27,864.

She is currently getting a widow's pension and has made repayments worth €2,600.

Judge O'Neill heard had heard she was paying €20 a week and at that rate it will take more than 20 years to clear the amount owed to the social welfare office.

He refused jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with at district court level.

This means it will go forward to to the circuit court, which can impose lengthier sentences. No plea was entered and the accused was ordered to appear again in September. A book of evidence has to be prepared by the DPP's office before she is returned for trial.