The Irish Central Bank, since August 1st 2013, has had the power to issue public warning notices in relation to any unauthorised firm they consider are carrying on activities that would require an authorisation from the Central Bank. This power came into being following the enactment of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act in August 2013.
To this end, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) today published the name of an unauthorised debt management firm based here in Co Tipperary; naming Smart Resolutions Mediation Limited (Ireland), latter situated at Canopy Street in Cashel, as operating illegally and not therefore authorised to trade.
The firm, understood to be operated by the partnership of Mr Thomas and Mrs Geraldine Quigley, currently act as mediators between banks and distressed mortgage holders, the latter wishing to resolve individual personal financial difficulties in which they currently find themselves.
The firm however insist they do not manage people’s money, but claim they have applied for the right to practice a debt resolution service. The firm also claim that presently it is not involved in any mediation practices.
The Central Bank point out that it is a criminal offence for any unauthorised person or firm to provide financial services in Ireland, latter which would require an authorisation under the relevant legislation for which the Central Bank is the responsible enforcement body.
Any person wishing to contact the Central Bank with information regarding such persons or firms may Telephone (01) 224 4000. This telephone number may also be contacted by any member of the public who wishes to check if a person or firm is fully authorised.
Gardaí are warning retailers and consumers in County Tipperary to be on the lookout for fake €20 notes.
Ireland’s National Police Service are strongly advising the public, in general, that high quality forgeries of notes, in the €20 denomination, have been making their way into the market place in counties Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kildare.
The forgers are understood to be particularly targeting major events, such as festivals and crowded public houses, to pass these notes on into public circulation.
In particular busy national retailers are being strongly urged to check all €20 notes that they are handed, using the same methods used to ensure that €50 notes in circulation are legal tender.
Unlike most forgeries, these €20 notes use high-quality paper, very similar to real cotton-based Euro notes.
These recently discovered forgeries come about just months after Gardaí smashed a network involving a Dublin-based criminal gang and which resulted in the seizure of almost €2m worth of forged notes.
The male, aged in his 30′s and arrested during the course of a raid at a house in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Monday July 28th last, appeared in court yesterday.
Heroin, Amphetamines and Cannabis with an estimated combined street value of about €40,000 was seized when uniformed Gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Squad raided the house.
The male, named as Mr Thomasz Kozlowski aged 33 with an address at Clonoulty, Thurles, Tipperary, arrested at the scene, appeared before a special sitting of Nenagh District Court at 3.00pm yesterday afternoon. He was charged with two counts under the Misuse of Drugs Act, one charge of possession and one charge of possession of drugs for sale or supply.
Mr Kozlowski will answer the charges on September 2nd next at Thurles District Court.
A woman, aged in her 20′s and also arrested in connection with this case on Tuesday last, was released later without charge on Tuesday night and a file in her case will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Both arrests in Thurles were part of a continuing investigation by Gardaí into the sale, supply of drugs and associated criminality here in Co. Tipperary.
Two men are understood to have been arrested for obstruction, following Gardaí searches carried out in Co. Tipperary and Co. Offaly this morning. Same was part of an investigation into suspected drug dealing and other related serious crimes. Five searches in all were undertaken.
Some 50 Gardaí, which included armed officers from the Regional Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit and the Divisional Drugs Unit, were involved as part of this operation which focussed particularly on the towns of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and the close-by town of Birr, in Co. Offaly.
It is understood that in their search Gardaí were forced to use a Taser (Electroshock protection weapon which disrupts voluntary control of muscles) on one individual during their investigations. One other person was removed to hospital with a suspected heart attack.
Gardaí confirm that these raids were planned in advance of last Monday’s nationally highlighted local Drug’s meeting held in Roscrea, where more than 1,150 people came together to discuss the growing problems of drug dealing and possible associated youth suicide in this area.
The men arrested have since been released.
Further News on Heroine, Amphetamine and Cannabis seizure in Thurles yesterday
A second person has been arrested by Gardaí following the seizure of drugs at a house in Thurles yesterday evening. A female aged in her 20s was arrested this afternoon (30/7/2014) in Thurles. She remains also currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Thurles Garda Station.
Gardaí have arrested one male and seized a large consignment of Heroine, Amphetamine and Cannabis as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Co. Tipperary.
The drugs with a combined estimated street value of some €40,000 were seized when uniform Gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house here in Thurles yesterday evening.
A male aged in his 30′s was arrested at the scene. He is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Thurles Garda Station, latter Act which can permit his detention for up to seven days for questioning.
The Garda Press Office confirms that investigations are continuing and further updates are now expected to follow.
This report comes amid unconfirmed information that further Garda raids also took place in the Roscrea area. Latter raids came about following two major protest meetings in Roscrea, which were attended by over 1150 people and which were addressed by senior Gardaí, who indicated that plans were in place to call a halt to the problem of drug trafficking within the Tipperary precinct, thus protecting communities from the devastating impact of drugs and associated criminality.
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