The Irish Independent is reporting that an Irish mother told a court on Tuesday that she would need to be bringing in an income of €120,000 a year to match what she gets through state benefits.
Judge Patrick Durcan calculated all of Mary Maughan's state benefits and told her that: "You receive around €55,000 a year in benefits and if you were paying tax and all of that, you would need an income of €120,000 a year."
To which Maughan replied, "probably."
Maughan is a mother of four but receives benefit for her own four children as well as two children whom she is a guardian of.
In total, she receives:
- €358.20 in a weekly carer’s allowance
- €352 weekly in guardian payment
- Child benefit monthly payments of €840
- Monthly domiciliary care allowance of €309.
- €3,400 annually in a respite grant
Maughan confirmed that she had a bank account but did not have the bank details in court with her.
She was in court as she was put forward as a bails person to provide an independent surety for her brother who is currently on remand in prison.
Court reporter, Gordon Deegan, said she offered €1,000 to put forward as independent surety but it was decline by the judge.