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 […]
May 27, 2016

As the Black Market continues to grow, what will the new Government do differently to tackle the blight of smuggling?

27 May 2016 Despite the prevalence of smoking in Ireland decreasing from 22% in 2009 to 17% in 2014 (Department of Health), the illicit trade of […]
May 9, 2016

Retailers group welcome Illicit Trade report that highlights attractiveness of smuggling to criminals in Ireland

9 May 2016 The Illicit Trade 2015-2016 Implications for the Irish economy released today by Grant Thornton highlights that the key driver for the illicit trade […]