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CHEAP BOOZE SHOP HITS DRINK EXCISE CUT PLAN; We'll deliver cheap booze anywhere in Ireland.

Byline: LOUISE McHENRY

THIS giant off-licence is making a mockery of Brian Lenihan's booze-tax cut to halt crossborder shoppers.

The company is based less than a mile over the border but will sell you cut-price booze and deliver it to your door anywhere in the country by the pallet load.

But Customs officials warned last night unsuspecting customers looking for a Christmas bargain to be delivered by D Warehouse face having their booze SEIZED by the Revenue.

One worker at the store in Culloville, near Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, who said his name was Kieran told an undercover reporter: "We can organise a courier it'll be EUR60 a pallet to anywhere in Ireland."

He added that there was "no" problem with crossing the border or delivering the drink anywhere in Ireland.

When asked if they had much business from south of the border, the worker replied: "You know, if we were relying on northern ones we'd be stone broke." The worker said: "Give your friends and your family a call. It's EUR60 whether there is two blocks or 72 blocks on the pallet. So consider the pallet... as cheaper for yourself."

But when quizzed by the Irish Sunday Mirror just 24 hours later about the cross-border trade a worker DENIED it delivered south of the border and said: "No, no we don't deliver."

Under EU rules people are allowed to "import" drink across state borders for personal use but must "accompany" the shopping as they cross the border.

An Irish Sunday Mirror reporter travelled to D Warehouse and paid EUR198.81 for three bottles of wine, a case of cider, three cases of beer, a bottle of Bacardi and Black Bush whiskey.

Arranging delivery would have cost an extra EUR60 bringing the price to EUR258.81. In Superquinn, the equivalent amount drink would have cost EUR341.93 - a saving of more than EUR80.

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Date:Dec 20, 2009
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