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fraudulent docs Widower tried to renew passport he bought in UK pub, court hears


Bernard Mulvihill

Bernard Mulvihill

Bernard Mulvihill

A WIDOWER tried to renew a false Irish passport he had bought in a pub in the UK nearly 40 years ago, a court heard.

Bernard Mulvihill (75) claimed this was something Irish people in the UK often did so they could get a second driving licence.

Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence, which he suspended for one year.

The defendant, with an address at Elton Court in Leixlip, Co Kildare, admitted providing information which was false or misleading in connection with an application for a passport at Leixlip garda station on May 22, 2018.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary trial in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Sergeant Dermot O'Donovan told Blanchardstown District Court that Mulvihill obtained a fraudulent Irish passport in the UK so he could obtain a second driving licence.

This would enable a person to keep driving if he lost his licence due to traffic infringements.

The court heard Mulvihill had never been in trouble before, either in Ireland or the UK.

Defence solicitor Claire Finnegan said Mulvihill was born in Ireland and moved to the UK over 40 years ago to work.

He obtained a fraudulent Irish passport many years ago when he was living in the UK.

It was something that some Irish people did, Ms Finnegan said, so they could obtain two driving licences.

Ms Finnegan said the passport was initially renewed in the UK.

The defendant then retired and returned to Ireland.

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He tried to renew the passport again and the passport office realised the passport was false.

Ms Finnegan said Mulvihill had no intention to mislead or evade.

Judge McHugh accepted the offence was an historic matter, but said immigration was a serious matter today and a sanction had to be marked.

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