A GROUP OF retailers has written to TDs over the proposed rise in the tobacco license fee.
The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN), which has 500 members, believes that retailers are an “easy target” for Government and that the fee might cause legitimate retailers to leave the market.
NFRN Ireland has now written to all TDs asking them to oppose plans for the tobacco license fee to be increased to €500.
In June 2014, the then Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, obtained Cabinet approval to pursue plans to introduce the higher tobacco license fee, estimated to be €500, with the variance in the cost between supermarkets and independents to be determined.
NFRN Ireland said it is “vehemently opposed to the measure” as “once again legitimate retailers are a soft target for Government whilst criminals profit greatly from the illicit tobacco trade”.
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