Longford contractor prosecuted by Private Security Authority

A contractor in Longford has been fined €250 following a successful prosecution for breaching the Private Security Services Act.

Seamus Flynn, trading as Flynn Electrical & Security of Ballinalee, Co Longford, was found guilty on Tuesday by Judge Seamus Hughes sitting in Longford District Court.

The Private Security Authority (PSA) brought the prosecution over the provision of an unlicensed security service by Mr Flynn at a pharmacy in Drumlish, Co. Longford.

Judge Hughes fined Mr Flynn €250 with costs of €2,500 awarded against him, and gave the defendant three months to pay.

PSA chief Paul Scallan said: “Using unlicensed businesses like Mr. Flynn to work on your security system may seem a good idea but can have serious consequences for your home or business.

“Using unlicensed services can invalidate the insurance cover on your premises and you could find that you have no cover when a break in or some other incident occurs.”

The PSA is an agency of the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for the regulation of the security industry.