A vessel has been detained off the coast of Dublin following a surveillance operation by Revenue officers.
The Italian registered merchant vessel was detained by officers aboard the Revenue Customs Cutter Faire.
During a search of the vessel, 118,140 cigarettes were seized.
They were branded L&M, Marlboro and Winston and had an estimated retail value of over €70,000 representing a loss to the Exchequer of around €56,000.
The Italian vessel was detained as a result of the excise offences and was subsequently released on payment of a €56,000 penalty.
Investigations are ongoing.