NEW POWERS IN TRAIN TO COMBAT ILLEGAL FUEL SCOURGE JPC TOLD

1 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A total of nine fuel laundering plants were discovered in Ireland last year by Revenue Enforcement staff, six of which were located in Co Monaghan.
This worrying fact was disclosed by Sean Kelleher, Assistant Principal Officer, Revenue Enforcement when he met with members of the County Monaghan Joint Policing Committee on Monday, 28th May.
These laundries were capable of processing 80 million litres of oil at a loss of €40 million to the state.
Revenue officers were aware of more than 100 outlets located throughout the country that were selling illegal fuel.
However, in an effort to tackle the problem new legislation will be introduced on 1st October that will require sellers of green diesel and kerosene to have a marked mineral oil traders licence to store, distribute or retail these products.
Amongst other requirements, returns will have to be submitted to the Revenue on a monthly basis and any anomalies will be investigated. “It’s not going to eliminate the problem but it will tighten it up,” Mr Kelleher commented.
The legislation being introduced in the Republic of Ireland is based on the UK’s system but has enhanced controls.
Acting Chairman of the JPC Seamus Coyle, (who was filling in in the absence of Councillor David Maxwell), felt it was fortunate that the remains of the washed fuel had not got into the county’s water supply. He also condemned the fuel laundering scourge.
“VERMIN”
Fine Gael councillor Hughie McElvaney felt that the Revenue officers were “only tinkering around the edges” of the criminal gangs and described these gangs as “vermin.”
He did not think it was …

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