A former Bóthar chief executive, who has admitted taking hundreds of thousands of euro from the charity to fund his own lifestyle, has told the High Court he has applied for free legal aid.

The court heard this morning that 56-year-old David Moloney has discharged his solicitors and has made an application to the free legal aid centre in Limerick.

He represented himself in the brief remote hearing before the court.

Lawyers for Bóthar said investigations into the misappropriation of funds from the charity were ongoing and they sought a six-week adjournment to allow the investigations to continue.

Senior Counsel Frank Beatty said they may have to join other people to the proceedings.

Mr Moloney also sought an adjournment to allow his application for legal aid to be considered.

The court also heard that Mr Moloney's wife, Olive, intends to bring separate proceedings to determine her interest in assets that are currently in her husband’s name.

Mr Justice Senan Allen adjourned the matter until 14 July.

The court has previously been told that Mr Moloney misappropriated significant quantities of cash donated to the charity over a 21-year period. Mr Moloney said he took cash in "small suitcases".

He claimed he spent the money on family holidays and friends, but that he never kept any of it.

Mr Moloney also claimed much of the cash was paid to others, including one of Bóthar’s founders, the late Peter Ireton.

He said his wife did not knowingly benefit from the monies.

Mr Moloney has said he is deeply sorry for, embarrassed and appalled by the damage he caused. He is currently on welfare, which is his sole income.

Bóthar does not accept his explanations about what happened to the cash.

The amount of money alleged to have been misappropriated now stands at just over €1 million.