Martin Ferris Meets With Gardaí In Tralee About Illegal Moneylenders

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Deputy Martin Ferris.

KERRY Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris met with Tralee Gardaí this morning to highlight a number of issues which have been related to his office in the past number of weeks.

Deputy Ferris said complaints about intimidation and threats by illegal moneylending had been brought to his attention.

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Ferris said: “I along with my Parliamentary Assistant, Cathal Foley, met with Garda management in Tralee this morning to discuss several matters related to crime in the county. I requested this meeting on foot of a number of complaints of illegal moneylending which have been brought to my attention.”

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“In most of these instances borrowers have had to pay several multiples of what was originally borrowed, intimidation and threats of violence have been used against what are very vulnerable people,” said Deputy Ferris.

“I am imploring people not to get trapped by these individuals and to use the services that are legal and above board. In Kerry, you should use the services of the Credit Union, MABS, St Vincent DePaul, and your local Community Welfare Officer. I am also available to meet people who are under threat from these criminals. Illegal moneylending can and should also be reported to local Gardaí.”

“I also discussed a number of other issues relating to crime in the county, not least current feuds and drug dealing,” he added.

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