A report in today's Sunday Independent (front page) states that "one of two watches stolen from the home of Justice Minister Alan Shatter has turned out to be a counterfeit Rolex."
At a cross border seminar attended last October by the Minister, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said, "when you buy counterfeit goods, you are providing funds for organised crime."
Mr. Shatter as chair of the EU Justice Committee is currently the political figurehead with responsibility for combating the importation and sale of counterfeit goods.
Minister Shatter said in the Dáil recently, that Gardai were working to "disrupt the activities of those involved in this type of criminal activity."
Counterfeit Goods: 16 Jan 2013: Written answers (KildareStreet.com)