Mr David Church, a married father-of-four, who used false identifications to fraudulently claim almost half a million Euro (€478.000) in social welfare payments over the past 12 years, has received a 5 year prison sentence at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.
Mr Church, with an address at Parnell Street, Dublin 1, who formerly resided at Monadreen, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had faced 199 charges of unlawfully claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance and Rent Allowance from various post offices in the Dublin area, between September 2002 and July 2013.
Mr Church had admitted acquired unlawfully €478,052 from the State, which Judge Martin Nolan confirmed as averaging some €40,000 a year over the period for which his offences took place. The court heard that Mr Church had drunk or gambled most of the money and had no substantial wealth accumulated, when first arrested in July 2013.
The fraudulent offences came to light following the Department of Social Protection’s use of facial recognition software, which had established that the same photo was being used on six other social welfare identities. Investigating Detective Garda Colin Rochford stated that Mr Church had created these false identities by travelling to a Manchester Records Office to obtain birth certificates and for which he had paid £10 in each case.
This facial recognition software had identified four people as having the same photograph, while using the names of Adam Cole, Paul Anthony O’Brien, Derek O’Brien and Darren O’Brien, who were all claiming Social Welfare payments from at least two Dublin post office outlets.
Dáil Bar – any day at lunch time.
Exciting news today, with the as yet unconfirmed reports that Google, HSE and PayPal offices could be on the move out of Dublin, “lock, stock and laptop,” to provide jobs here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
The rumour is supported by reports that Dublin Authorities have now advertised for a specialist company which will hopefully rid them of a colony of seagulls circling high rise buildings in the capital, mistaking the latter as erosion landforms or vertical cliffs.
To prevent this possible stampede of recent new Dublin jobs to rural Thurles, this same Dublin Authority are now seeking, quote; “a professional pest control company to provide a suitable deterrent system, or process, to eliminate the presence of birds and seagulls.”
“The seagulls here in Dublin have lost the run of themselves” said one Dáil Éireann TD. “Dive Bombing Seagulls drive at us through the open windows of the Dáil Bar at lunch time, like ancient Pterosaurs, he continued. (Latter ‘Pterosaurs’ is a type of flying reptile from the late Triassic and Cretaceous Period, living some 228 to 66 million years prior to the birth of EU commissioner Phil Hogan).
They snatch from our hands Gourmet Burgers, Decadence D’Or Cupcakes and in the ensuing turmoil of fighting them off, overturn large glasses filled with Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru and Cote de Nuits, latter to be soaked up in expensive chair and floor coverings,” said another disgusted female visiting Senator.
The hallowed corridors of our parliament building were awash yesterday, with rumours that a bag of traditional hard boiled sweets (large ‘Black & White Mint Humbugs,’ I understand), latter purchased from the cut price Dáil Tuck-Shop for use in the Dáil Chamber, had been snatched by one of these same vicious winged marauders.
The TD and Senator referred too, who both wish to remain anonymous, have now called for the Environment Minister and Tipperary native, Mr Alan Kelly to take immediate remedial action.
The raucous and anti-social behaviour caused by these seagulls may also give us a clue as to why our Irish elected representatives made such a ‘hames’ of certain policy decisions, over the past four or five years. It is not widely known, but it would appear that these noisy seagulls are keeping our politicians, senior civil servants and their vast array of consultants awake at night; latter all attempting to slumber in these same high-rise Dublin cliff-like apartments.
Is it any wonder therefore that what should have been a relatively easy solution to many of our countries problems, (e.g. the nation’s crippling bank bailout, – the granting to Irish Water of over €424.5 million to install water metres instead of plugging leaks – and of course the latest refusal by Fine Gael and Labour TD’s to “rock off ” on the Vincent Brown / TV3 proposed late night ‘people debates’ programmes) are now observed by the Irish electorate as being unmitigated full-blown national catastrophes.
The good news for Thurles however could be that senior management and staff at the offices of Google, HSE and PayPal have all had their fill of these seagulls and are now looking for ‘gull free territory’. If truth be known they are sick to death of these swooping cheeky birds, squawking from their nests at ‘cock crow’ every morning, from the elevation of these new man-made cliffs.
Management and staff are rightly afraid of these birds, who in scenes reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” attack their young children; dispossessing them of their lollipops and gourmet French Fries (‘Chips’ to rural dwellers), not to mention the continuous squirting of eliminated liquids and solids, falling while in flight from their digestive tracts, via their ani, before landing to splatter on new shiny metallic Mercedes-Benz auto-mobiles, during a time of great urban water shortages.
Result for Thurles however would be a massive reduction in current unemployment for the first time in over 25 years and all thanks to good old Mother Nature and Dublin’s sardine famished seagull population.
A Tipperary Division Community Policing Seminar is scheduled to take place in St Patrick’s College, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, this evening (Thursday 15th) at 7.00pm.
Chief Superintendent Mrs Catherine Kehoe believes that it is vital that An Garda Siochana, here in County Tipperary continues to maintain the strong trust and long standing support from all members of our community in which her officers serve.
Through this Seminar it is hoped to provide, you the public, with an opportunity to meet with your local Community Gardaí and gain further insight into the work performed by An Garda Siochána as a whole, everyday here in the Tipperary Garda Division.
In attendance at this Seminar will be senior Garda Officers, together with community police officers from across the five Garda divisions and to this end members of the public are being strongly encouraged to attend.
Your attendance at this event as a member of the public will also assist you in obtaining up to date information, latest initiatives and other various community schemes now in operation, which are aimed at tackling urban and rural crime, including community text alert schemes already in operation.
Remember the expression “better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” so please do show your support for this most welcome of Community Garda initiatives.
A couple appearing before Mr Justice Donald Binchy at the High Court in Dublin, have spoken of their ‘Hell’ after their farmhouse vanished; demolished without notice, when construction began on the new dual-carriageway between Limerick and Nenagh, on September 6th 2006.
Brian and Mary O’Shaughnessy, since that date, have been living in rented accommodation, following the disappearance of their single-storey, two-bedroom old farmhouse property, once situated at Annaholty, Birdhill, Co Tipperary.
The court heard that while other properties in the area had been acquired and demolished in order to construct the Limerick/ Nenagh dual-carriageway, the O’Shaughnessys were informed by the National Roads Authority in 2003 that their home was not to be included in any future road construction plans.
Now following the loss of this property, they are seeking damages from Limerick County Council, the NRA, RPS Consulting Engineers Ltd, Egis Route Scetauroute SA (a joint venture in the name of RPS Scetauroute JV) and Midland Fencing Ltd for negligence.
It is claimed Limerick County Council and the NRA were responsible for the operation, overall design and acquisition of land, and oversaw construction of the N7 dual-carriageway’s construction, while RPS Consulting Engineers were the contractors engaged to build the scheme. Midland Fencing was a subcontractor of this joint venture; which then carried out the demolition of the O’Shaughnessy farmhouse.
Each of the defendants deny negligence and have served each other with legal notices saying the other were not responsible for what happened, while Limerick County Council and the NRA accept the farmhouse was wrongfully demolished and the couple are entitled to all due compensation. Midland Fencing says it was told by the contractors to demolish a number of properties along the route of the N7, including the O’Shaughnessy home, which was described as appearing dilapidated, derelict, unfurnished and uninhabitable.
Ms Mary O’Shaughnessy said she and her husband Brian bought the house originally from a vendor who had used it as a holiday home in 1998, and they had lived there for a period and had also rented it out. They were informed in 2003 that their farmhouse, would not be the subject of a compulsory purchase order. This ascertained, the couple had then made plans to renovate and extend the property and having borrowed funding had also carrying out preparatory works for future planned renovations. By late August 2006, slates on the roof had been removed and all existing furniture had been removed.
In an attempt to collect post at the property on the evening of September 6th 2006, Mrs O’Shaughnessy arrived at Annaholty, to find that the farmhouse had vanished. She was later informed by a neighbour that the property had been demolished between 11.00am and 3.20pm that same day. Police were then informed and a solicitor was consulted, leaving the couple living an eight-year nightmare since that date.
This case is expected to last before the High Court for several weeks.
Gardaí are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 60 year old Ms Marian Power, latter missing since Monday January 12th 2015 last.
Ms Power was last seen shortly before 9.00am on Monday in the Lucan area of Co. Dublin.
The missing lady is understood to be originally from the Newtown area, situated on the R445, approximately 12 minutes drive west of Roscrea, Co Tipperary. To this end Gardaí are asking people to keep an eye out in the off chance that she may have made her way back to this Co. Tipperary/Co. Offaly border locality.
Ms Power is described as 5′-2″ in height, of slim build with brown hair. When last seen she was wearing a dark coloured anorak, light beige coloured jeans, red boots, a multicoloured woolly hat and spectacles.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Lucan Garda Station Tel. 01 666 7300 or the Garda Confidential Line Tel. 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda station.
UPDATE: (Today 17/1/2015)
A body found during a search operation in West Dublin has been identified as that of missing woman Marian Power. The Garda water unit discovered Marian’s body in the River Liffey at Strawberry Beds shortly after lunchtime this afternoon.
To her family and friends go our deepest sympathies.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.