A security firm that attended the aftermath of a house repossession in Roscommon two years ago has been ordered to pay fines totalling €3,000.

The private security company from Armagh was found guilty today at Castlerea District Court of six breaches of the Private Security Services Act. 

Judge Deirdre Gearty fined the company €500 on each of six counts with costs of €7,500 awarded against the company.

The prosecution by the Private Security Authority (PSA) followed the provision of an unlicensed security guard service by GS Agencies Limited of Portadown, Craigavon, Co Armagh at Falsk, Strokestown, Co Roscommon in December 2018. 

It followed the earlier repossession of a house belonging to a farmer.

After the court case, the PSA's chief executive, Paul Scallan said: "This prosecution stems from investigations conducted around security services which were provided subsequent to a repossession of a property in Strokestown in 2018.

"While the PSA does not have any statutory role in regulating repossessions, we do regulate any security services which occur post a repossession

"In this instance, a security guarding service was provided at a location in Falsk in the days following the repossession.

"Such services require a PSA licence and in this instance, the security provider, GS Agencies Limited, was unlicensed."

The PSA, an agency of the Department of Justice and Equality, is responsible for the regulation and licensing of the security industry.