Don't ya just love a bit of irony.
I've just got back from Dublin and this morning's TV3 interview and I read this in the Journal.ie:
Approximately nine million cigarettes with a retail value of €4.3 million were seized by gardaí and customs officials in Co Louth this morning.
How's that for timing? And we have to remember that this is only a single load that got caught. How much more of the illegal stuff is getting in? And, of course, if it was found in Co Louth you can bet your sweet ass that some group with IRA in its name is behind it. Can you also guess what they planned to do with the proceeds?
Another 60 cents on the shop price will delight these balaclavas and motivate them to double their smugling efforts. If Customs are right and this little lot originated in Malaysia, then the smugglers probably paid 30 cent a pack. If they sold them at €3 a pack here instead of the €10 price in the shops, they'd shift nine million of them in no time and bring in a cool €1,215,000 in profit (less expenses, arf, arf). Money like that would buy you a lot of mayhem if you were so inclined and there's plenty more where that came from.
It puts that silly girl in the TV studio this morning into perspective though, doesn't it?