We have for quite some time been trying to get answers from Revenue regarding what we considered to be an unusual statistic in their annual analysis of the illicit consumption survey.
The figure used by them for 2021 was that 8% of the total amount of cigarettes consumed in Ireland had been purchased outside the State without Irish Duties applied. This is a separate figure, and entirely different from the 13% of tobacco products that are purchased illegally in Ireland, the products having been smuggled, like those uncovered in Rosslare this week. (See Here)
As the previous year that the survey was carried out (2019) was 9% , we wondered how the figures were so alike given the travel restrictions that pertained throughout much of 2021; the answer