A male nurse convicted of making a living from prostitution with his wife told Irish police they did not know this is illegal.

The Irish Examiner reported that the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland committee heard details of the man’s Ennis District Court conviction for aiding and abetting prostitution in the family home. The court had fined the couple €600 each and they did not appeal. 

A complaint was made to the nursing board following that court decision. Mr David Navaro, a Spanish national, faces an allegation of misconduct for allegedly bringing the nursing profession into disrepute. 

The couple had advertised on an escort website Escort Ireland. 

Their income was between €4,000-€5,000 per month from this, he said, and they charged €200 an hour.  

The Fitness to Practice committee also heard evidence from Detective Garda Noelle Bergin that a garda had been observing the house in 2016. 

“He came to the conclusion that brothel-keeping was going on at that address,” she said.

The fitness to practice committee was advised having a conviction does not necessarily amount to professional misconduct. 

The inquiry concluded for the committee to deliberate, and no findings were announced. 

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