Turnover at JTI Ireland fell to just over €652 million last year, compared with almost €659 million in 2013. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pretax profit at tobacco distributor JTI Ireland rose sharply in 2014 despite a fall-off in demand for cigarettes in the Irish market. Accounts for(...)

There was immediate criticism of the 50 cent extra on packets of cigarettes in Budget 2016 from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents  and tobacco companies, with John Player Ireland calling the move a “bonanza for bootleggers”. File photograph: PA Photo

The cost of a pack of cigarettes has risen above €10 for the first time following Tuesday’s budget announcements. The duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: wanted Court of Justice of the EU to decide if directive was valid. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State has lost its application to have questions in tobacco distributor JTI Ireland’s legal challenge to new laws on plain packaging referred to t(...)

Tobacco company JTI Ireland has denied arguments  the firm is seeking to delay a decision  concerning plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Tobacco distributor JTI Ireland has denied arguments by the State that the firm is seeking to delay a decision by the European Court of Justice concer(...)

JTI claims that Ireland, as an EU member state, cannot unilaterally introduce plain packaging on tobacco products.  File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A supplier of tobacco products is opposing the State’s application to have the Court of Justice of the EU decide various legal issues in a challenge t(...)

JTI claims the new Irish measures will distort and impair the dynamics of competition in the tobacco market

The State wants the Commercial Court to refer to the Court of Justice of the EU issues raised in the legal challenge to its plans to introduce plain p(...)

Samples of standardised packaging of tobacco products, which has been  approved by the Government. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The State wants to have a legal challenge brought against its plan to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products referred to the Court of Justice o(...)

Dr James Reilly: “If a bully tries to intimidate you with actions, you should stand firm and be true to what you believe to be right.”

Ireland is on the verge of being the first EU country to pass a law paving the way for the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, Minister fo(...)

Plans introduced by former minister for health Dr  James Reilly to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products are to go ahead despite a legal threat from the tobacco industry. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government is to press ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.The Government has ignored a threat from one of the worl(...)

Senators criticised Ibec and the US Chamber of Commerce for joining a major cigarette company in opposing the introduction of plain packaging for ciga(...)