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 […]
March 15, 2016

Retailers call for next Programme for Government to seriously commit to tackling the illegal trade of tobacco and fuel.

15 March 2016 In a letter sent today to all parties, Retailers against Smuggling (RAS) set down an Action Plan which it believes will go a […]