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Retailers seek support to combat black market

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has called for the introduction of a Reserves force to assist Revenue in combatting the black market. At the launch of it annual pre-budget submission in Dublin, yesterday, the group met with Clare TD Timmy Dooley. The scheme would operate in the same way as the highly successful Garda Reserves scheme. It would see members of the public work on a voluntary basis to help the Revenue tackle the black market. RAS, which represents almost 3,000 independent retailers in the fight against the black market, met informally with cross-party TDs and Senators to discuss the submission. RAS spokesman, Benny Gilsenan, said, “We hope that this is a workable, realistic proposal that can help Revenue deal with the black market. It has worked very well for the Garda and we see no reason that it can’t work for the Revenue as well.” The RAS pre-budget submission also contains a proposal to seek the use of attachment orders …

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North Clare saddles up for Rás

IN just over two weeks, the 2014 Post Rás will bring international riders and their support teams and fans to North Clare. Lisdoonvarna will play host to the second-stage finish on Monday, May 19, and will also see the peloton set off on stage three the following morning. “It’s fantastic to see the An Post Rás come to Clare. We have a very exciting line-up of teams this year so I’ve no doubt it will be a thrilling couple of days racing. I’m sure that the locals will show some great support to the riders as they make their way through the county,” said national organiser, Tony Campbell. Following the second stage set-off from Roscommon that morning, the peloton will embark on a 160-kilometre trek to the stage finish in Lisdoonvarna. Mr Campbell expects to see plenty of action, particularly in the final few kilometres. “It will be a fast day, coming in from Roscommon, but there is a hard …

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Rás to ‘kick start’ Lisdoonvarna tourist season

THE North Clare economy will get a “huge boost” later this year after Lisdoonvarna was selected as one of the stage ends in this year’s An Post Rás. On Wednesday, it was revealed the 2014 of the race will travel anti-clockwise around Ireland, beginning in Dunboyne on Sunday, May 18 and featuring stage end finishes in Roscommon, Lisdoonvarna, Charleville, Cahirciveen, Clonakilty, Carrick-on-Suir, Baltinglass and Skerries. Billy Archbold was Rás stage-end organiser when it last stopped in the North Clare town back in 2008. He will be involved again this year. “This is a huge boost. It kick starts the the tourist season. So many people know Lisdoonvarna for the matchmaking festival, which is world-renowned but there are 11 other months of the year and there needs to be something else. There is a huge spin off publicity-wise in terms of radio, press and television coverage as a result of the Rás,” he said. Mr Archbold expects between 400 and 500 …

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