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Money lending cases for circuit court

FIVE people who are facing charges arising from an investigation into money-lending in Kilrush are set to have their cases heard in the circuit court. Diana Casey, 12 Wood Road, Kilrush; Patrick Casey, Beverley Hills View, Kilkee Road, Kilrush; Ann Marie O’Brien, 12 Sycamore Drive, Kilrush; James O’Brien, Chapel Drive, Kilrush and Bernie O’Grady of Wood Road, Kilrush were all before Ennis District Court this week, where Judge Patrick Durcan refused jurisdiction in the matters. Giving evidence at Wednesday’s court sitting, Detective Donal Corkery said a number of people had been identified following what was called Operation Payday and that observation had been carried out over a lengthy period of time. He also said that people using money-lenders had been identified and some complaints had been made. Detective Corkery said he understood loans involved had ranged from €50 to €8,000. Regarding rates of interest, he said in the case of someone who was borrowing €100, €150 would have to be …

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A drugs and money lending market in Ennis

DRUG dealers and moneylenders are openly operating in Ennis’ town centre, it has been claimed by local traders. Lower Market Street Resident Traders have also raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area, with the matter now on the agenda for the next meeting of the town’s Joint Policing Committee. While confirming the issues will be discussed at the JPC, Superintendent Derek Smart stated there have been no complaints made to gardaí and he urged that if anyone has concerns, to contact them. “The agenda for the JPC is the only record I have of any issues there; nobody has come forward to give any details of any incidences. From the reporting to me, there is nothing out of the ordinary compared to any other area of the town,” he said. The concerns of the traders were outlined at a recent meeting called by the Purple Flag Steering Committee and Ennis Chamber on the continuation of extended opening hours, or …

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‘Paranoia’ strikes Kilrush criminals

RECENT garda operations in Kilrush have created a sense of “paranoia” among a criminal element in the town. Garda Superintendent Seamus Nolan outlined this view at Wednesday morning’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting in Kilrush, the day after 11 people were arrested in the town as part of an investigation into unlawful money lending. The investigation, which has been ongoing for several months, is focused on people suspected to be engaged in unlicensed money lending. The searches, which commenced at 7am on Tuesday morning, were carried out at a number of premises in Kilrush, including private and business premises and involved up to 100 gardaí, including the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), Regional Support Unit, special detective units from Galway, the National Criminal Intelligence Unit, as well as officials from Revenue, Social Welfare and Clare County Council. Five men, aged between 18 and 55 years and six females, aged between 20 and 49, were arrested and detained at various garda stations …

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