asked the Minister for Finance if he is aware that a trading village has sprung up at Carickasticken in County Armagh, barely three miles from the economically stricken town of Dundalk and that this trading village has an annual turnover of in excess of £6 million per annum, which is growing fast, and that this turnover is siphoned directly and almost completely from Dundalk and represents a loss of revenue of more than £4 million of excise and VAT on petrol and drink annually; and whether the customs and excise regulations in this area are strictly enforced.
Written Answers. - Border Trading Village.
I am aware of the village referred to by the Deputy. The Revenue Commissioners are also aware of it and are constantly vigilant in order to ensure that the enforcement of the customs regulations is carried out as intensively as possible within the resources available to them. It is not possible to arrive at an accurate estimate of revenue loss from traffic of this kind.