I see Poland’s competition regulator has imposed a massive fine of €26 million on CRH for alleged price fixing and other anti-competitive behaviour (Irish Examiner).
In 1994 the European Commission ruled that CRH was part of an EU wide cartel involved in fixing prices and two years later UK authorities fined the company for similar activities.
Notice that all this law enforcement against CRH took place outside Ireland. The company is never subject to such indignity from so called Irish enforcement authorities.
For example, over 100,000 tons of waste was dumped illegally on a CRH site near Blessington Co Wicklow over a ten year period up to 2001.
The company denied all knowledge of the illegal dumping and, of course, they were believed. The DPP decided to take no action.
The most notorious case involving CRH was the revelation that Haughey’s criminal bagman, Des Traynor, operated the illegal Ansbacher bank from the head office of CRH for years.
This criminal bank, which the Central Bank and Financial Regulator knew about, funded the criminal Haughey for years along with several others from the Golden Circle.
When the mafia operation was revealed CRH denied any knowledge of what had gone on despite the fact that eight of its board members held Ansbacher accounts.
Needless to say, no action was ever taken against CRH or its board members – the very idea!