Ivor Callely's sentencing for claiming over €4,000 fake mobile phone expenses has been adjourned until Monday morning.
The 56-year-old, with an address at St Lawrence's Road, Clontarf, admitted submitting fake invoices at Leinster House to back up the claims for handsets and car kits between 2007 and 2009 while he was a member of the Seanad.
Lawyers for Mr Callely described this as a dark day for the former Fianna Fáil politician as they urged the court to consider a non-custodial sentence.
They say he knows that what he did was wrong and that he is ready to take the medicine.
The court heard that Mr Callely submitted six fake invoices for mobile handsets and car kits dating back to 2002, but paid most of the money back when a journalist made a Freedom of Information request about his expenses.