Retail Ireland welcome discovery of illegal cigarette plant

Friday, 16 March 2018

Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, today welcomed the discovery of an elaborate illicit cigarette manufacturing plant in Jenkinstown, Co. Louth.

Retail Ireland Director, Thomas Burke, said: “The sale of illicit tobacco remains a major threat to legitimate retailers who incur of all of the costs associated with meeting the various regulatory requirements laid down to govern the sale of tobacco products in this country. Yesterday’s discovery of a sophisticated tobacco manufacturing plant shows once more the scale and levels of organisation of this illegal activity within the State. It also lays bare the loss of business to Irish retailers, and tax take foregone to the State on the sale of such products.

“The work of Revenue and Customs Officials, Gardaí and the other State Agencies involved in this discovery is to be commended. These agencies require further funding and support to ensure that other such operations are discovered and shut down in order to provide a level playing field for law abiding, hardworking Irish retailers.”