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    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.

    [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.
    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.

    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?

    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.
    Tazbell, contracts and Quinlan – The Story)

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    Why not send a mail to the government and ask them about this?
    Tell them that as a taxpayer, you're sickened they would give the contract to someone who doesn't pay tax here.

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    Its pretty shocking stuff. Fianna Fail are only stupid when they want to be. With their usual guile it would be a snip for them to impose rules that make domestically taxable companies more compeditive in tenders. But I doubt any government minister either knows of has looked into the tax status of companies providing services to the state. I would put that down to basic incompetance. With our low corportate tax rate there is simply no excuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyEdo View Post
    Why not send a mail to the government and ask them about this?
    Tell them that as a taxpayer, you're sickened they would give the contract to someone who doesn't pay tax here.
    Like they care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    Like they care!
    Listen, any e-mail sent will end up on the desk of a FF hack, who might hit 'delete' and send it to the 'recycle bin'. So FF will be recycling and the Greens can claim to be having an influence on government. Don't underestimate this Catalpa, is this happens it would be the single greatest impact the Greens can claim to have had since taking power with Fianna Fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnacle View Post
    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.

    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)
    Man this is great research, well done.

    The Galway tent still being taken care of rather than what's now laughingly referred to as "the national interest"

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    Derek Quinlan owns a company that engages in debt collection for the state?

    With facts like that, who needs satire?

    Quinlan himself for tax purposes is based in Switzerland
    . For tax purposes, eh?

    Whatever about Switzerland's CGT rate, it's quite a conincidence that his move came right when his creditors must have gotten very nervy about their prospects for repayment.
    Derek’s debt mountain - Times Online

    Back in 2008, Quinlan was asked for his views on the economy by the Irish Times. He gave us the usual think positive guff, coupled with a cut at the doom-mongerers: "The bears now tell us that there was too much debt in the market and that the economy is too polarised. The bears see no way out for Ireland. I do."

    Yeah, via Switzerland.

    And nobody is entitled to know if he's beind on his loans from Anglo Irish Bank or AIB, either before or after the transfer to NAMA. We know he was behind on repayments to Lombard, since they took his yacht back.

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