25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

AN ALARMING claim was made by a town councilor at a meeting of Castleblayney Town Council Joint Policing Committee on Monday night last that some of the public collections on town streets involve bogus collectors who use an invented charitable cause—and later split the proceeds!
Cllr Brendan Hughes made the claim that it came to his knowledge that some collectors were known to have appeared on streets using the name of a charity that was ‘non-existent’!.

The issue led to a considerable debate at the meeting with Garda Sergt. Eric Boyle of Castleblayney giving a broad outline to the attendance of the legal situations for permits to be obtained for the various collections.

Responding to queries raised he said there was no such thing as a national register of charitable causes which could assist them in verifying the validity of a particular fund-raising effort.
Cllr. Hughes referred to the fact that at one stage in the past Castleblayney was given the name of “Bucket Town” by some people because of all the weekend street collections.

Sergt Boyle said legislative changes would be necessary at Oireachtas level to close loopholes which could enable abuses in collections.

Some of the attendance expressed concern over the frequency of street collections in the vicinity of …

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