€200,000 housing association fraud: Sentencing of former Kildare councillor Mark Dalton adjourned to next week

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€200,000 housing association fraud: Sentencing of former Kildare councillor Mark Dalton adjourned to next week

Mark Dalton

The sentencing of a former Kildare County Councillor who pleaded guilty last April to having taken over €200,000 from a Kildare housing association, was adjourned once more at a Naas Circuit Court sitting today.

Ex Athy-based county councillor Mark Dalton’s case had been adjourned from March 5 last when he appeared at Naas Courthouse.

Mr Dalton was present today for the brief hearing when the case was mentioned again before Judge Patrick Quinn, who adjourned it until April 3 for sentencing.

He has represented the Athy Municipal District and Kildare County Council as a councillor and resigned from the latter last year. He had previously been a member of Fianna Fail.

He had faced 28 separate charges of taking money from Cill Urnai Housing Association Limited on dates from 2009 to 2014.

Naas District Court was previously told that he was addicted to gambling, and the judge commented that the money had gone “to the bookies”.