Revenue hits Target Express

Did a highly rigid dogma of tax collection lead to the loss of almost 400 jobs at a time of mass unemployment? Ian Kehoe reports.

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Ian Kehoe

1st September, 2012
Workers stage a sit-in at the Target Express depot, Little Island, Cork last week. Photo: Provision

It was a simple strategy. Seamus McBrien blamed it all on the taxman. Target Express, his freight and logistics company, had fallen with the loss of close to 400 jobs. His suppliers were scrambling to get their goods back, while his creditors were readying the receivers, liquidator and administrators. At the company's depots around Ireland, there was an eerie mix of sit-ins, blockades and protests.

Amid the chaos, McBrien was singular about the cause of this...

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