A local councillor has called on the Government to take action over the sale of goods on the black market.
Cllr Martin Mulleady told the Leader this week that more and more criminal gangs are travelling into estates around the country to sell counterfeit goods.
Cllr Mulleady, who was speaking to the Leader earlier this week, maintained the industry was now threatening the long term future of Longford’s retail industry.
“There are a lot of these people coming into estates selling cigarettes and laundered diesel,” he said.
“I have had shopkeepers onto me as it is not only doing them out of business but it is also doing the State out of money.”
Now Cllr Mulleady is hoping a letter sent by Longford County Council will force Mr Shatter’s hand into taking direct action on the rising popularity of Ireland’s illegal tobacco trade.
“I have asked for a letter to be sent. At the present time the Gardai are stretched, anyone can see that, but they are doing their best with the resources they have. What I am saying is that the minister has to take these concerns on board and tackle the problem,” he added.