70,000 CIGS A DAY SEIZED IN AIRPORT.
NEARLY 70,000 cigarettes are seized at Dublin Airport every day, it emerged yesterday.
Customs officers have captured 26.5 million plus 972kg of tobacco in operations so far this year.
This compares with 22.7 million cigarettes and 179kg of tobacco intercepted up to the end of May last year.
The information was supplied by the Revenue Commissioners in a Dail written question tabled by Labour TD Brian O'Shea and answered by Finance Minster Brian Cowen.
Speaking about the Revenue's Mobile Container Scanner which has been used at the airport since last year, Mr Cowen said: "The scanner has been instrumental in identifying over seven million cigarettes concealed in maritime containers."
The data shows that approximately two million cigarettes have been seized at Dublin Airport each month since the beginning of the year.
Excise duty collected on cigarettes up to the end of May showed an increase of 0.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.
He added: "It is the view of the Revenue Commissioners that the level of penetration of the market by contraband cigarettes remains low."