Yesterday, at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, it was revealed that the DPP [Claire Loftus] will not proceed with a case against water meter installer Paul Haughey, who was accused of being involved in an alleged €9million per year diesel laundering operation.
Mr Haughey has a three-year contract with Dublin City Council to install water meters.
Mr Haughey, 35, was charged last year with “removing or attempting to remove a prescribed marker from a mineral oil without the consent of the Revenue Commissioners” on September 1, 2011.
“A garda alleged at his bail hearing that Mr Haughey, of Dundrum Road, Tassagh, Co Armagh was caught “red-handed” standing on a tanker containing 30,000 litres of diesel, with a potential loss to the exchequer of €15,000. In a related search that day 110,000 litres of diesel was found in a yard, representing a potential €55,000 loss to the State. Gardaí alleged the yard had a capacity to produce 18 million litres of fuel per annum, with a total possible loss to the exchequer of €9 million.”
“Judge Patricia Ryan agreed to strike out the charge and adjourned the matter until April 24th next, when an application for costs will be heard. No reason was given for the strike-out.”
There you go now.