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Shatter calls for report on the activities of gangs targeting clothing banks

The minister said that he wanted to know what could be done to bring them to justice.

Image: Clothing Bank via Shutterstock

THE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has asked Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan for a report on the activities of gangs that target clothing banks, saying that he wanted to know “the action that can be taken to bring them to justice.”

Shatter announced the move during a speech delivered in relation to the creation of a Charities Regulatory Authority, which he said would provide a “comprehensive and balanced system of regulation.”

“Trust is essential to charities – the trust both of their donors and volunteers, and of their beneficiaries,” Shatter said, adding that it was essential that what was donated to charities “was spent wisely and with care and goes to help those that need it the most”.

RTÉ’s recent Prime Time programme revealed how criminal gangs were targeting the clothes recycling business. Referring to this, the minister said that the programme had brought the “activities of an organised gang targeting clothing banks” to the public attention.

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