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Mum of 'cartel hitman' apologises for €100k social welfare rip off

Glen Clarke and Carol Clarke
Glen Clarke and Carol Clarke

The dole cheat mum of an alleged bungling Kinahan cartel hitman is sorry that she stole more than €100,000 from the taxpayer.

Mother-of-five Carol Clarke (57) this week admitted taking cash in her sister’s name from the Department of Social Welfare at Phibsborough Post Office between February 1994 and July 2011.

Ms Clarke, who claims to be very sorry for what she did, managed to scam €104,431 from the state.

However, after telling The Star “I’m sorry”, she lashed out at gardai for not focusing on finding her son’s killer.

“They’d want to get the one that killed him, wouldn’t they?”

Her son Glen Clarke’s body was discovered lying unconscious with a gunshot wound to his right eye in the Riverdale Estate in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, on December 2.

He passed away in Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin a day later.

He is believed to be the bungling hitman involved in the murders of two innocent men, Trevor O’Neill and Martin O’Rourke.

It is believed that he was lured to a van on the prospect of another trigger-man gig, only to be blasted in the face,

It was initially believed that Clarke has accidentally shot himself in the face while on the way to carry out a hit for the Kinahan cartel.

On Monday, Glen’s mother Carol, with an address in Dunard Drive, Navan Road, Dublin, admitted she was claiming social welfare in the name of her sister Bernadette Darcy.

Ms Darcy told gardai that she had no idea that the social welfare was being claimed under her name.

Ms Clarke’s case was adjourned until July for a probation report.