Wednesday 22 March 2017

Illegal trade costs State €860m in lost revenue

Ireland's black market in counterfeit goods endangers jobs and supports violent crime, writes Jerome Reilly

UP IN SMOKE: A revenue officer from the Customs Service with some of the 7.6m contraband cigarettes seized last month

STARTLING research has lifted the lid on Ireland's black market, which has mushroomed since the downturn -- and is now costing the economy €860m a year and killing thousands of jobs.

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