Mark Coughlan at the Stroy picked up on an article in the Irish Times regarding a contract awarded to Tazbell Holdings by the Dept of Justice.
The owner of this company is Derek Quinlan, one of the top 10 developers going into NAMA. The group company is registered in the Isle of Man and Quinlan himself for tax purposes is based in Switzerland.[Tazbell Holdings/Group] has won a tender from the Department of Justice to manage “the collection of overdue court-imposed fines”.
The contract, won by Dublin-based Tazbell, involves managing the collection of unpaid court fines through “proactive contact attempts” with the debtor. This will include “traditional credit management methods”, such as letters, phone calls and e-mails.
Quinlan is also director of Parkrite who control a large amount of public parking and under that umbrella he controls Dublin Street Parking Services which was paid €10m by DCC in 2009. His finger is in another pie, the toll on the M6 motorway.
All this, and profits and income are not taxed in this country. How can the granting of this contract be justified?
Tazbell, contracts and Quinlan – The Story)So you can either pay to park with him or get clamped. Or you park in the pay-and-display… though you should be aware that if you overstay and catch a fine it’ll be him that’ll force you to cough up. Or park in one of the smaller car parks if you can find one… and good luck doing that as you rush into Tallaght Hospital, St James’s, Mount Carmel or University College Hospital Galway.
All the while he pays his tax in Switzerland, bases his parent company in the Isle of Man as the taxpayer – the same one he’s clamping, charging and chasing for fines – takes on his loans through Nama.