Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (155)

Niall Collins

Question:

155. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide in tabular form a county breakdown of green diesel operations stopped by the Garda in 2010 to 2013, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5136/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the number of oil laundries detected and closed down in the period from 2010 to 2013 was 33. Details of those detections, by year and the counties in which they occurred, are given in the following table.

Year

Cavan

Donegal

Dublin

Laois

Louth

Meath

Monaghan

Offaly

Waterford

Totals

2010

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

4

2011

0

1

0

0

1

1

6

0

0

9

2012

1

0

0

0

7

0

3

0

0

11

2013

0

0

1

0

2

1

4

0

1

9

Totals

1

1

1

1

10

2

15

1

1

33

The Revenue Commissioners are aware of the risk that the laundering of markers from diesel poses to legitimate businesses, tax revenues and the environment. Action against fuel laundering is a priority for them and they are implementing a comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem through enhanced supply chain controls, the acquisition of a more effective fuel marker and continued robust enforcement action.