Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the significant raids north and south last week by the Garda and PSNI and Revenue and Customs bodies against fuel-laundering criminals.
“Last Friday Sinn Féin Councillors Edel Corrigan and Jim Loughran, and I met senior Garda for North Louth in Dundalk.
“The meeting discussed a range of matters including fuel laundering by criminal gangs in the north Louth area. We had also met the PSNI several months ago and raised the same issue with them.
While I welcome today’s action by the Garda, PSNI and Revenue and Customs bodies there is a widespread public concern, which I share, at the lack of convictions that have occurred arising from the discovery of fuel laundering plants in the past.”
Meanwhile Retail Excellence Ireland, welcomed a major operation by The Criminal Assets Bureau, Gardaí and Revenue, targeting illegal fuel operations in ten counties across Ireland.
David Fitzsimons, CEO Retail Excellence Ireland said: “We very much welcome this major operation by the relevant authorities. Profits generated from this illegal activity are quite significant and a huge loss to the State.
“This illegal activity threatens many of our fuel retail members in REI and will not be tolerated. Retailers are struggling and the Irish retail sector remains very fragile; we call on this Government to invest further resources into tackling the problem of illegal trading”.