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Martin “Viper” Foley being used to collect debts in Kerry - Ferris

5 October, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry and West Limerick Martin Ferris has said that the services of notorious Dublin criminal Martin “Viper” Foley are being used to collect debts from people in the Kerry and Limerick region. Deputy Ferris said that the Viper’s reputation was enough to cause fear among people and he criticised the government for failing to properly regulate the debt collection industry.

Deputy Ferris said: “It has come to my attention that some people are employing the services of known criminals as debt collectors to pursue people in this constituency. One of these criminals is Martin “Viper” Foley who has been in the debt collecting business for quite a while. Unfortunately, because there is little regulation and no code of conduct for debt collecting in this state, anybody, including known criminals, can set up legitimate debt collecting companies and are free to use whatever tactics they can get away with.
“Because of the crisis with credit and because the government has failed to introduce strict regulations on debt collection, some struggling businesses who are owed money are going to very extreme measures to get payment.
“I have received a copy of one letter sent to a businessman in North Kerry stating that his details had been passed onto the Viper Foley’s company. This person, whose business has collapsed, has a young family and is extremely fearful about what might happen. I am sure that there other families out there who are in a similar position and I want to make it clear to them that Sinn Féin will stand with them against any form of intimidation by these people.
“This is another legacy of this government’s reckless policies over the past decade. We have the ESB and Bord Gáis threatening to disconnect peoples electricity, we have banks threatening peoples homes and we have scum like the "Viper" Foley collecting debt without fear from the law." ENDS

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