Black market ‘ripping out town centre’

Minister James Reilly was happy to visit Cr� House, in Roscrea on a visit to the town last Friday.  Pictured with the Minister are Anne Delahunty, Noreen Rooney and Maria Bridgeman.
National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) President Joe Sweeney has highlighted the growing black market problems facing local retailers, in Roscrea.

National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) President Joe Sweeney has highlighted the growing black market problems facing local retailers, in Roscrea.

Mr Sweeney attended a meeting hosted by Noel Coonan TD in the Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea, on Friday morning to discuss the issues facing small retailers in Roscrea and County Tipperary. Mr Sweeney told Deputy Coonan that he had the highest admiration for schemes such as the recently launched Love Roscrea campaign to encourage people to shop locally. The Roscrea Enhancement Plan was also very important to keep the town vibrant. However, the black market and illicit trade is “ripping the heart out of town centres” and shops such as retail newsagents. “It is clear that the scale of the illicit trade in cigarettes continues to grow. Smuggled cigarettes are on open sale at markets in Tipperary and across the country. Door to door selling in urban areas is rising rapidly,” Mr Sweeney said. “The Revenue Commissioners estimate that 770m illicit cigarettes are being consumed in Ireland every year. This raises the question of whether locally the Revenue has the resources necessary to clamp down on the illicit cigarette trade which is doing terrible damage to retail newsagents across the country.

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