Limerick illegal tobacco trade is fifth highest in Ireland

first_imgWhatsApp Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleRegeneration row over demolition of houses in LimerickNext articleEarly morning blaze engulfs six Croom houses Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement NewsLocal NewsLimerick illegal tobacco trade is fifth highest in IrelandBy Alan Jacques – November 6, 2014 710 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TRADE of illicit tobacco in Limerick is fifth highest in Ireland with illegal cigarettes described as being “very easy” to purchase in the city, according to a new survey.The study was carried out by former Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Donohoe and former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector, Will O’Reilly, on behalf of tobacco manufacturer, Philip Morris Limited (PML).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The survey – based on test purchases of illicit tobacco from legitimate retailers, markets, car boot sales, street fairs, private addresses and home delivery sales – was carried out over three days last August.A number of purchases were made from stalls and sellers in the Milk Market including a man selling boxed knife sets, another operating a fishing tackle stall and a man selling DVDs.Information from a taxi driver led the test purchasers to a private address in Carew Park where a man sold a carton of cigarettes for €50. He said he could supply any amount and various brands and boasted that he supplied most of the pubs in Limerick and that they had his mobile number.Three of the retail venues where the test purchasers bought cigarettes were butchers. They also purchased a pouch of tobacco from a fish and chip shop.The test purchasers said they found it very easy to buy illicit tobacco products in Limerick. Over three days there were 18 separate purchases involving 38 illicit tobacco products. This, they said, was “far in excess of what was achieved in Limerick during a previous project in 2013”.Commenting on the results of the survey, former Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Donohue said the test purchases were conducted to gain an understanding of the level of the problem in Limerick and other parts of the country. The test purchasers found it was all too easy to purchase these illicit tobacco products in a range of outlets in Limerick.Another survey conducted by the tobacco industry in 2014 examined discarded cigarette packs and found that while a quarter (25.2 per cent) of cigarettes sold across the country was illegal, Limerick had the fifth highest incidence with almost a third (30.3 per cent) of discarded packs being illegal products.“These surveys confirm our concerns that the incidence of illegal tobacco products is increasing and it has become the ‘crime of choice’ for organised gangs, with its potential for huge profits,” said Mr Donohoe. Emailcenter_img Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSDetective Chief Superintendent Kevin Donohoeillegal tobaccolimerickPhilip Morris LimitedScotland Yard Detective Chief InspectorWill O’Reilly Linkedin Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

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