An Ireland of the welcomes for money-launderers

The same qualities that have earned us high marks for 'ease of doing business' are increasingly attracting drug cartels, and worse

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Elaine Byrne

9th December, 2018

Does Ireland have a money laundering problem? Last week, two separate stories revealed how elaborate schemes ‘washed’ illegally obtained money through Irish banks in an effort to make it appear legal.

In a European Money Mule Action (EMMA) operation between October and December of this year, gardaí identified 420 Irish bank accounts which were used to launder money for criminal networks based outside Ireland. Some €14.6 million was laundered through these accounts in...

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