Co Leitrim is the only border county not to record any filling station closures over the last three years.
According to figures released by the Revenue Commissioners seven filling stations have been closed in Co Donegal; 19 in Co Louth; two in Co Monaghan, two filling stations in Co Sligo; two in Co Westmeath and three in Co Cavan between 2012 and 2014. During this period Co Leitrim recorded no closures.
The closures have come as part of an investigation by Revenue Commissioners which began in mid-2011, into fuel laundering.
Filling stations are obliged to hold an auto fuel trader’s licence and/or a marked fuel trader’s licence in order to trade in fuel.
The stations that were closed over the past number of years were either unlicensed or had failed to adhere to the conditions of their licences.
It has been noted that some of the stations which were closed have opened again and these premises are now operating in line with licensing requirements.
There are also cases where the premises changed hands and a new owner applied for a licence or licences.