Friends of the Irish Environment have lodged a complaint over the exemption of Aer Rianta's duty free shops from the Plastic Bag levy. Only 5% of the passengers using Aer Rianta's Duty Free Shop at Dublin Airport travel outside the European Union and so qualify for duty free purchases.

Yet the legislation exempts ALL passengers from the required 15c levy on the semi-state company's large gaudy plastic bags. Given the success of the levy and its example world wide, it is particularly unfortunate that the semi-state airport authority is taking advantage of this loophole in the law.

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Friends of the Irish Environment have lodged a complaint over the exemption of Aer Rianta's duty free shops from the Plastic Bag levy. Only 5% of the passengers using Aer Rianta's Duty Free Shop at Dublin Airport travel outside the European Union and so qualify for duty free purchases.

Yet the legislation exempts ALL passengers from the required 15c levy on the semi-state company's large gaudy plastic bags. Given the success of the levy and its example world wide, it is particularly unfortunate that the semi-state airport authority is taking advantage of this loophole in the law.

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