‘Wet Pubs’ Dilemma Highlights Wider Quandary Facing Government

Pub lobbyists should find out today if their campaign to win Government agreement for a reopening of so-called wet pubs has been successful, The Irish Times reported. Representatives of the wider hospitality sector, meanwhile, have a fine line to walk in the run-up to the upcoming budget between calling for State help and managing the message that many businesses may go bust in the depths of winter. There is widespread belief in the hospitality trade that early January will herald a wave of insolvencies in the sector. Many pubs, restaurants and other businesses that have struggled during the pandemic are said to be planning to limp on until Christmas. But as soon that traditionally busy season is over, many in the sector are warning, a lot of operators will go under. Read more