This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 14 July, 2020

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.

Read: Gorta urges vigilance against bogus charity collectors >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Paul Hyland

Read next: