Price of pint too dear here, says pubs' group
PUBLICANS are calling for a reduction in excise to bring the price of a pint into line with our European neighbours.
The Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI) says that pubs in tourist areas create around 12,000 seasonal jobs each year, but prices are way ahead of our competitors.
Figures released by the VFI show that around 2,500 of its 4,000 pubs are in traditional tourism areas outside of Dublin and these employ an extra 12,000 seasonal workers each year in the busy summer months.
VFI members account for about 30,000 jobs in the hospitality sector.
The role of the pub in the tourism sector will be discussed by 400 publicans attending their annual general meeting in Killarney today, with reduction in excise top of the agenda.
VFI president Noreen O'Sullivan says Ireland has one of the highest levels of excise in the EU, and a reduction is essential to making it more competitive.
She said: "Currently, the excise on beer in Ireland is 10 times what it is in Spain and Portugal. In addition, this reduction will enable us to give a more competitive offering to our regular customers. Competitive pricing in this area will also help generate additional jobs."
VFI members are also expected to pass a motion calling for more support from the Government for business owners when their businesses fail.
Ms O'Sullivan said support was virtually non-existent for members who had fallen on hard times.