Portlaoise locksmith Jack Nolan has been unanimously re-elected Chairman of the Irish Locksmiths Organisation.
Jack's re-election took place at the recent annual general meeting of the Organisation in Portlaoise when licensed locksmiths from all over the country gave a huge vote of confidence in his guiding of their affairs in the previous historic 12 months for the organisation.
Celebrating 35 years in business last year, Jack was charged with the task of guiding the organisation as they became licensed by the Government for the first time under PSA regulations, with all locksmiths operating in Ireland undergoing stringent tests before obtaining a license to operate.
The regulations means that in order to change, service and supply and fit a lock on any domestic, educational or industrial door, safe or automotive vehicle, the contractor must have a PSA Locksmith Licence.
Failure to do so can and will result in heavy fines for both the unlicensed operators and the customer who engages them to carry out the work. It is a criminal offence for both.
The license was introduced to weed out unscrupulous operators who were carrying out shoddy work and who, in many cases, were charging exorbitant prices while there was no vetting or regulations governing the industry.
All locksmiths are now Garda vetted, must be tax compliant, be fully insured, adhere to a strict list of rules and comply with all building and fire, and health and safety regulations and must have the necessary training and experience and commit to ongoing upskilling.
Nolan’s Locksmiths were the first Locksmiths to be licensed in Laois, and the only family run independent company in the county.
Jack Nolan is now almost 36 years in business and has been joined over the years by his two sons, Conor and Oisin who both are fully qualified in all aspects of locksmithing and access control.
In all there are now 166 licensed locksmiths in the country, many of them based in the major urban centres, with just two holding a PSA license in Laois.
Nolan’s Locksmiths have three mobile vans on the road providing a 24/7 service not just to Laois, but also covering Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare.
Most of the mobile service covers people who are locked out of their home, office, safe or car/van or lost door keys for any situation.
They will open any door without damage, make new keys or fit new locks on the spot, as well as cutting and coding keys for any make of car. They will upgrade locks and cylinders and fit anti burgle and extra security devices.
Nolan’s Locksmiths are to the forefront in fitting the latest and most innovative locks and locking techniques from key, digital, remote to fingerprint opening.
Jack Nolan is delighted to be leading locksmiths in Ireland during such a period of momentous change.
“The licensing of locksmiths brought about huge challenges for all reputable operators to have their house in order, and now it is the job of the PSA inspectors across the country to weed out and close down those who are not licensed.
“There are still people fitting and changing locks without a license, but time is running out on them.”
Nolan’s Locksmiths are also part of a group of locksmiths around the country who advertise as a co-operative on Google as www.unitedlocksmiths.ie
“I am delighted that the Irish Locksmiths Organisation has chosen Portlaoise as its centre for meetings and training courses monthly, and it adds to the local economy with overnights and catering.
“If people want a locksmith they can contact Nolan’s www.jacknolan.ie or they can source one on our website www.ilo.ie and if they are doubtful about a contractor and if they want to check if they are licensed they can check out www.psa.gov.ie for a full list of licensed locksmiths.
“My advice at all times is to employ a licensed locksmith only,” said Jack.