A Kilflynn man – said to have earned over €77,000 between March 2009 and May 2014 – has been granted bail following charges relating to false social welfare and job seekers’ allowance claims. 41 year old Martin O’Halloran – with an address at The Waterfalls, Kilflynn – appeared before Tralee District Court yesterday on five charges of false social welfare claims and one charge relating to a failure to notify while claiming job seekers’ allowance.
Social Welfare Inspector Ger Reidy said the amount due to the Department of Social Protection – claimed on dates Mr O’Halloran is alleged to have been working – was €45,770. The court heard that 15% is to be taken from Mr O’Halloran’s current social welfare payments to repay this, amounting to €28.20 per week. Solicitor Pat Mann said the defendant was being “genuine about the whole thing”, was separated, had three children and no savings. Judge James O’Connor said however that Mr O’Halloran had to “shape-up” and that the repayment of €28.20 per week would have to be increased otherwise it would take up to 30 years to pay back what was owed. Mr O’Halloran is due back before Tralee District Court on October 26.