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    "Private Speed Camera Contract has been given to a Consortium led by Spectra Labs.
    The GoSafe Consortium, which has secured the contract, is headed by Listowel company Xavier McAuliffe’s Spectra Laboratories. "This is great news for Kerry and it’s great news for road safety," said local TD Jimmy Deenihan.

    "The involvement of a local company in is evidence of the skills, expertise and talent available in Kerry. I hope that it is just the start of many similar announcements for Kerry-based industries," he added.

    Deputy Deenihan praised the role played by Niall Brown and Donal Lucey who spearheaded the bid for the contract.

    The success of Spectra and the GoSafe consortium was announced on Friday by Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, and Garda Commissioner, Fachtna Murphy."

    The Kingdom - 2009/11/26: Camera contract gets 40 new posts in Kerry



    Spectra Labs is owned by Xavier McAuliffe

    According to this article in the Independent McAuliffe is a Fianna Fail "Supporter"

    "Xavier also had a verbal head-to-head with Bertie Ahern, who he - as a Fianna Fail supporter - says "has no balls", because the Taoiseach promised he'd open the hotel but backed out because of "a planning permission problem with the entrance" - which it now transpires "was not a problem at all".

    And all Xavier wants to add to the controversy is one word: "CityWest!"



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    has anyone got any more details on this deal

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    It will only be good for road safety if its success is measured by reference to reductions in fatal and serious injury crashes. If it's measured on offences detected it will fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    It will only be good for road safety if its success is measured by reference to reductions in fatal and serious injury crashes. If it's measured on offences detected it will fail.
    Hasn't the speed camera issue been shown in the UK as making no contribution to safety at all, and that it is just a revenue raising scam?

    I can see a lot of people doing time for not paying fines on this one, just like those guys in jail for littering at bottle banks.

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    What's the odds that Spectra will sell the contract in two years time, too an international company at a huge profit.
    Irish taxpayer done again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markjbloggs View Post
    Hasn't the speed camera issue been shown in the UK as making no contribution to safety at all, and that it is just a revenue raising scam?

    I can see a lot of people doing time for not paying fines on this one, just like those guys in jail for littering at bottle banks.
    I have absolutely no problem with raising revenue from people who choose to break the law but if that's the purpose of the scheme then we should be honest about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    I have absolutely no problem with raising revenue from people who choose to break the law but if that's the purpose of the scheme then we should be honest about it.
    Who will profit from this exercise though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nipper View Post
    Who will profit from this exercise though?
    Inevitably the private operator will profit. Whether anyone else will remains to be seen.

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    Is this the same Xavier McAuliffe named in Moriarty Tribunal

    " 1992, Celtic Helicopters was in a perilous financial condition and it became necessary to refund the company. A number of individuals were approached and provided substantial funding. They were Mr. Xavier McAuliffe, Mr. John Byrne, Mr. Patrick Butler, Mr. Mike Murphy and Mr. Guy Snowdon. Mr. Haughey indicated that by this time he was taking a more active interest in Celtic Helicopters but informed the Tribunal in the course of his examination that he knew nothing about Mr. McAuliffe's 50,000 contribution;

    Mr. McAuliffe's investment was routed through offshore banks and ultimately transmitted to an Ansbacher account in Dublin in the Irish Intercontinental Bank. Mr. Byrne's investment took an equally circuitous route involving offshore companies and then the main Ansbacher account in Irish Intercontinental Bank.

    http://www.moriarty-tribunal.ie/asp/...0&RecordID=371
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    Has anyone got any information on the other members of the Gosafe Consortium?

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    Private speed cameras are the start of the process of privatising policing duties and fire and emergency services.

    Expect to see negative coverage of Fire and Ambulance services in the (O'Reilly) press over the next couple of years which will be designed to open up debate on the privatisation of those services.

    Eventually all traffic policing will be operated by private enterprises following legislation changes to confer some Garda powers onto private operators. Fire and Ambulance services will also be tendered out. Air/Sea rescue is already run by private operators.

    It's not necessarily a bad thing in principle but it is part of the long term plan of converting tax revenue into private revenue. And most companies who win the contracts will not be Irish based, hence export of profits.

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