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Bogus charities must be challenged – Ó Snodaigh

16 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said businesses and individuals posing as charities are having an impact on genuine charities as well as causing anti-social problems by calling to areas in the early hours of the morning.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh has raised the issue with the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaelteacht Affairs Eamon Ó Cuív and said he is happy that the Minister is aware of the problem.

He said, "Businesses and rogue individuals are posing as charities and collecting clothes from the public in order to sell them on for profit in other countries. This is having an impact both on genuine charities and on the public who are losing sleep as these people deliver their collection bags in the middle of the night for fear of being exposed. The practice may also be linked with illegal dumping.

"I have raised this issue with the Minister and I am happy that he is aware of the problem and is in consultation with the attorney general in an effort to find a way to deal with it.

"I would like to see the Government come together with the Gardaí and local authorities in co-operation with the Irish Charity Shops Association to seek a way forward. One idea might be for local authorities to run periodic clothing collections on behalf of the charities so that everybody can be aware which collection is legitimate and which ones are bogus. Another would be for a public awareness campaign to be rolled out aimed at heightening the public's ability to discern between legit and bogus collections." ENDS

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