April 27, 2017

Retailers and the Exchequer suffer as over 742 million cigarettes bought illegally or brought from overseas

27 April 2017 The Revenue 2016 Annual report shows more resources are needed to tackle tobacco and alcohol smuggling: • In 2016, 10% of the cigarettes […]
April 3, 2017

Retailers Against Smuggling welcome the Sale of Illicit Goods Bill as landmark step in the fight against smuggling

3 April 2017 Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today welcome the introduction of the Sale of Illicit Goods Bill as a significant step in combating smuggling into […]
February 20, 2017

Retailers call for Government consultation on making it an offense to purchase illicit products

20 February 2017 Retailers across the country are today calling on the Government to urgently consult with them on measures to tackle sales of illegal cigarettes […]
November 30, 2016

Dublin Retailers call on the Government to take action as criminal gangs profit from Christmas shoppers

30th November 2016 The seizure of over 661,00 illicit cigarettes over the course of the past week illustrates that criminal gangs set to profit from Christmas […]
October 11, 2016

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) disappointed at increase in excise tax which will directly impact retailers and the poorer in our society.

11 October 2016 This comes despite the fact that his own Department has acknowledged that such increase, as a result of the level of smuggling and […]
July 21, 2016

Tax Strategy report encouraging Budget 2017 excise increase is direct win for smuggling criminals

21 July 2016 Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) Spokesperson Benny Gilsenan expressed his frustration and disappointment following the publication of the Tax Strategy Group report (TSG) today […]
July 21, 2016

OLAF calls for targeted national awareness-raising campaigns to fight cigarette smuggling

21 July 2016 Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS), representing over 3,000 retailers across Ireland, welcome the Eurobarometer survey OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office) commissioned to explore the attitudes […]
July 5, 2016

Retailers welcome cross-border Joint Agency Task Force’s first report on its efforts in tackling cross jurisdictional crime

5 July 2016 Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today welcomed the first report from the Joint Agency Task Force, which was set up under the Fresh Start, […]
June 16, 2016

Ireland has the most expensive alcohol products and the second most expensive tobacco products in Europe which directly fuels the Black Market and damages legitimate businesses, says retailers.

16 June 2016 Statistics published by Eurostat yesterday show that Ireland is the second most expensive country in Europe for tobacco and first for alcohol. This […]