Local Dublin North East Labour T.D. Tommy Broughan has raised concerns with the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern about the door to door collections of used clothes that are now happening practically on a day-to-day basis across Dublin North East and whether some collectors are even licensed or registered as charitable organisations.
A number of constituents had raised concerns with Deputy Broughan about the ongoing organisation and promotion of door to door collections of used clothing. Constituents have voiced concerns about the number of leaflets they receive promoting the collections and also whether the used clothes are all being used for charitable purposes. There have also been a number of recent media reports in relation to alleged serious criminal activity associated with the used clothing collection operations in some parts of Ireland.
Deputy Broughan said, “Many constituents feel under pressure because of the large volume of mail they are receiving about used clothing. Others have complained that the ongoing promotion of the used clothing collections is significantly adding to the level of junk mail that their household receives.”
Justice Minister Ahern has now reported to Deputy Broughan that, “Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act 2001 provides for the offence of making gain or causing loss by deception. Any complaints received by An Garda Síochána regarding activities such as those referred to by the Deputy are the subject of investigation and possible criminal proceedings, where the evidence disclosed so warrants. Any person who may have information in relation to the matters referred to by the Deputy should contact An Garda Síochána.”