Harkin: Money laundering happening ‘right in front of our noses’

A Sligo/Leitrim TD says money laundering involving second and third level students is happening ‘right in front of our noses’ across the country.

Independent Deputy Marian Harkin says that’s even as the Dail has been discussing legislation to prevent cross-border money-laundering.

She referred to a news headline about 50 young people from a Kerry town having been recruited as money mules for an international crime syndicate.

But she said she had no doubt recruiters were most likely working across the country to get young people to allow their bank accounts be used to launder, conceal and move the proceeds of crime.

Deputy Harkin is calling on the Minister for Justice to look at putting an amnesty in place to help young people and their families who are trapped in such situations.