Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Public Accounts Committee

2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 9 – Office of the Revenue Commissioners
Central Fund Related Accounts - Revenue Account 2019

11:30 am

Mr. Niall Cody:

On seizures, in 2019 we had a fairly significant level of seizures of €37.2 million. The Deputy is interested in the 2020 figures. We have seized about 40 million cigarettes in recent months, which will mean 2020 will be one of the biggest years for seizures in which there is not a spectacular incident. A couple of years ago we had a spectacular incident with a tobacco factory and another year we seized a shipload of cigarettes in Louth. This year, both cigarette and drug seizures have been significant. We had a press release yesterday detailing a seizure of about €600,000 worth of drugs. There have been significant seizures between ourselves and the Garda, which is evidence that certain activities are still continuing, unfortunately.