Gardai in west Clare arrested eleven people this morning as an investigation into illegal money lending. A number of searches of both business and private premises were carried out in the Kilrush area this morning with five men, aged between 18 and 55, and six women aged between 20 and 49 being arrested. They are being held at a number of Garda stations in Clare, Limerick and Galway.

The investigation, which began after a number of complaints about unlicensed money lending were made to gardaí, has been ongoing for several months. This mornings operation involved local gardaí, the Criminal Assets Bureau and Regional Support Unit along with the National Criminal Intelligence Unit, Special Detective units from Galway and officials from Revenue, Social Protection and Clare County Council.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of new short stories can be viewed on Fighting Talk - Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on [email protected]

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