August 2, 2023

Only three scanners available to monitor all the country’s ports 

Revenue under resourced to check the 1.2m freight vehicles that enter Ireland every year  The Minister for Finance Michael McGrath has stated that there are only […]
July 14, 2023
Budget 2021

New Poll: 76% of people will not report illegal tobacco sales

One-third of Irish smokers prepared to purchase illicit tobacco  A new poll, commissioned by representative body, Retailers Against Smuggling, has demonstrated the resilience of the illegal […]
July 5, 2023
Tobacco Seizure Dublin Port

Retailers welcome new major tobacco seizure valued at €10 million 

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcomes the seizure by Gardaí and Revenue Customs officers of counterfeit cigarettes in West Dublin on July 4. The seizure has an […]
June 2, 2023
RAS General Election 2020

PUBLIC HEALTH BILL REACTION: Proposed licensing scheme fails to protect consumers from illegal tobacco sales

Meaningful enforcement measures are required to curb the enormity of illegal tobacco sales  Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today (June 1) calls on the Government to increase […]
April 27, 2023

Nearly one third of Irish smokers don’t pay Irish duty

Rates of illegal cigarettes in 2022 jumped by 43% compared to the previous year, costing the Exchequer a record €384 million in 2022 Retailers Against Smuggling […]
March 21, 2023

Retailers concerned over increasing number of contraband seizures 

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today welcome the announcement of new tobacco seizures in County Cork and Louth, however, note concern over the increasing number of contraband seizures […]
February 24, 2023

Seizures of over 6,000kgs of tobacco at Dublin Port welcomed by Irish retailers

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcomes the announcement (23.02.23) by Revenue of the major seizure at Dublin Port of approximately 6,000kgs of tobacco and 2,400 cigarettes on […]
February 21, 2023

Ending reductions in excise duty will increase black market activity 

Inflationary pressures will drive people to seek cheaper, illegal alternatives  Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has today expressed grave concern that the phasing out of the reduced […]
November 30, 2022

Seizure of 10 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort welcomed by Irish retailers

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcomes yesterday’s major seizure of 10 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort. The seizure had an estimated retail value of €7.9 million, representing […]