The prostitutes were working out of an apartment near the Oakville Shopping Centre in Clonmel.
Tipp FM Radio’s attention was drawn to the call-girl service by a local who had been attempting to book a stripogram for a stag party over the internet.
On one website, the local spotted an icon advertising Tipp Babes. It turned out this was an advert for the call-girl service in the town.
One of the radio station’s reporters phoned the mobile number given, and, for e260, was offered an hour with a 27-year-old Caribbean lady who was “quite naturally big-busted” and had a “lovely, tanned complexion”.
In another call, the woman who answered gave directions to the apartment.
The radio station broadcast recordings of the phone calls in a news programme the following morning.
Within hours of the broadcast, gardaí raided the premises but the women had fled. They had disconnected the mobile number they had been using.
Solicitors for the apartment owners said the women had seemed legitimate tenants. In a letter to the station, a representative of McCarthy, Looby & Co wrote: “Our clients were shocked and taken by surprise by the revelations on your programme. The relevant tenancy only commenced on May 14. Our clients made the usual enquiries regarding the proposed tenant, and would have had no reason to suspect anything untoward in relation to the letting.”