Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Eamon Dillon


Irish tarmac con-artists taking in up to €20,000 a day in Italy and Poland.

One gifted teenage hawker who can speak French, German and Italian is setting up as much as €20,000 worth of tarmac jobs every day. In Italy they are known as the Asfaltari Irlandese, in France they are the Faux Bitumeurs, while in Germany people are increasingly aware of the notorious Teerkolonne. Part of a Rathkeale traveller-trader family the youngster works with his dad, employing Irish and Polish labourers to lay down tarmac. The jobs are shoddy and done for hugely inflated prices. One former worker explained how they use their workers to set up bank accounts, cash cheques and withdraw money. The kid got an E-Class Merc or his birthday even though he is too young to hold a licence. At best the tarmac surface will last about two weeks. Read a previous Sunday World story on the tarmac crews here

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Journalist Eamon Dillon writes about crime, con-artists, fraud and trafficking.

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