John Drennan: Recession forces black market to diversify
Probe finds restaurants and taxis are turning to fraudulent activity
Investigations by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) within the Department of Social Protection have revealed that the recession has spawned an extraordinarily diverse series of black-market activities.
Outside of the long-standing tax evasion in the construction sector, the 89-strong SIU team has also discovered high levels of fraud in "ethnic restaurants, catering and fast food''.
Other areas where fraud has been found to be endemic include the lightly regulated taxi industry, the clothes recycling trade, illegal dumping, goods distribution centres, scrap dealers and the environmental sector.