There is an item in today’s Journal
For some reason that I cannot fathom, there is no mention of the smoking ban. There appears to be an attitude here in Ireland that the ban never happened, or that it was always in place. I have seen a lot of articles bemoaning the loss of pubs here, and if the ban is mentioned [rarely] it is as an afterthought.
I have spoken to quite a few people where I mentioned the ban in passing. The reaction varies, from “ah, sure what can you do?” through “it doesn’t bother me that much” to “yeah, it’s annoying but it’s the law”. I only remember one occasion where a bar owner got quite angry and decried the law for killing her business.
I tried to leave a comment under the article but without success. I don’t know if they have some kind of moderation in place. Maybe all comments containing the word “smoking” are automatically barred? It would certainly fit in with the general Irish mindset. Don’t mention the war.
The comment I posted –
While there has been a steady decline over many years, statistics will show a sharp increase in closures starting in 2004 – the year the smoking ban was introduced – when overnight thousands of clientèle were told that they were no longer welcome in their hostelry. It’s strange how that is never mentioned?