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Garda alert on phone scam

Gardaí have issued an alert about a telephone scam where a male/female caller states they are from Revenue and seeks immediate payment of a tax bill over the phone. They may also give you a telephone number to call back to give your credit card details. This caller is not calling from Revenue. This is a scam and An Garda Síochána would like to remind the public to be wary of any contact from an unsolicited source, whether it is by telephone or email. Do not give out your credit/debit card, bank account, or PPS Number to anyone who makes contact with you over the phone. An Garda Síochána, Revenue, nor any Financial Institution will ever call you and ask for your PPS number or bank account details. If a member of the public receives a call from anyone requesting any personal or financial information, they should end the call and report the matter to their local Garda Station, to …

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Bridge Complex governance under scrutiny

THE Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex is facing an uncertain future following the revelation that the complex has not submitted audited accounts in compliance with regulations for 10 years. Growing dissatisfaction with the lack of proper governance of the centre has prompted calls for an extraordinary general meeting to facilitate the necessary changes to ensure its future survival. A Clare Champion investigation has revealed that the Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) cancelled the centre’s registration on April 17, 2015 over its failure to submit annual audited accounts to the registrar. It also found that November 21, 2007 was the last time that annual audited accounts were lodged with the RFS for the year ending December 31, 2006. The Bridge Complex is the umbrella organisation for one of the biggest not-for-profit organisations in the county. Its childcare facility employs 30 people and looks after about 100 children five days a week. It also runs a daycare centre and a playground, which …

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€5m cocaine seizure at Liscannor

REVENUE seized approximately 75kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over €5 million, near Liscannor yesterday. The drugs were discovered with assistance from the general public through the Customs Drugs Watch Programme. Acting on a report from a member of the public, Revenue Customs officers from the South West region discovered a suspicious item on the shore near the North Clare fishing village, between Lahinch and the Cliffs of Moher. The “torpedo type” device was found to contain approximately 75kg of cocaine. The concealment may have been attached below the waterline of a cargo ship or other maritime vessel; however, it is not possible at this stage to say either where the drugs originated, or their intended destination. The public are asked not to put themselves in danger by approaching or interfering with suspicious items such as this. The Customs’ Drugs Watch Programme encourages those living in coastal communities, maritime personnel and people living near airfields to report …

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Revenue acknowledge ‘voluntary compliance’

Revenue collected €45.79 billion for the Exchequer last year, an increase of 10.6% on 2014, it has been confirmed. This is the fifth successive annual increase in returns to the Exchequer and the second highest figure for net receipts in the history of the State (only 2007 was higher, at €47.5 billion). Almost all taxes and duties recorded substantial increases with Corporation Tax up 49%, Capital Gains Tax up 28%, and VAT up 7%.” Referring to a strong voluntary compliance culture, Niall Cody, chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, acknowledged the contribution of individual taxpayers, businesses and tax and customs practitioners in the achievement of these results. “I am pleased to report that, for all taxes, the overwhelming majority of customers continue to pay and file on time,” he said at the launch of Revenue’s 2015 annual report. Speaking about Revenue’s objective to provide more services through digital channels, Mr. Cody highlighted some of the advances made during 2015. Turning to …

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Drugs seizure in Limerick

As part of an intelligence led, joint operation, with An Garda Síochána, Revenue officers today (Monday) seized 1.6 kgs of Cannabis Herb with an estimated street value of approximately €32,000 at Newcastle West, Limerick. The drugs had been sent in freight from the Netherlands. Two men, aged 32 and 46, were arrested, by gardaí and detained at Henry Street Garda Station, under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. Investigations are continuing.

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Increasing numbers paying water charges

Irish Water has confirmed that 61% of customers are now paying water charges at the end of the third billing cycle compared to 55% at the end of the second cycle and 44% at the end of the first billing cycle. 928,000 customers have now paid part or all of their bills, an increase of 98,000 customers who began paying charges for the first time in the past three months. Total revenue from charges paid to date by domestic customers is €110.8m. Revenue received during the third billing cycle was €42.3m,an increase from €38m in the second billing cycle and €30.5m in the first billing cycle. Overall payment levels from bill cycle three therefore show both an increasing number of customers now paying water charges, and increased revenue received to help fund the repair and improvement of water services in Ireland. “Irish Water plans to spend €522m in starting to address the major deficits in Ireland’s drinking water and wastewater …

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Revenue seize cash at Shannon Airport

In an intelligence-led operation, Revenue officers seized €8,700 from a Polish man at Shannon Airport on Monday. The seizure was made when the man, in his thirties, was stopped and questioned by Revenue officers prior to boarding a flight to Krakow. Officers seized the cash in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation and were granted a three month detention order today (Tuesday) by Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis District Court to facilitate further investigations.

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Gardaí target criminals’ wealth

CLARE gardaí, the Criminal Assets Bureau and Revenue are to be involved in a multi-agency response to deal with local families and individuals who have unaccountable wealth and are “obviously involved in criminality”. Chief Superintendent John Kerin, head of the Clare Garda Division, said a lack of garda investment over a five or six-year period during the recession prevented a long-term strategic approach to investigating these families and individuals. However, he is confident that the resources are now in place to carry out numerous investigations in the county and ascertain if the wealth and assets that some have acquired were legitimately obtained. “I had a meeting last week with my officers and I want to target a number of families and individuals myself in this county, who are obviously involved in criminality, whether it is drug-dealing, money-lending or whatever, but who are showing the signs of wealth and who don’t have a visible means of income,” he said. “I certainly …

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