There is a new report out.
This is obviously a pre-budget submission. They want taxes and excise duty reduced. They blame high prices for the drastic drop in pub trade and the number of closures.
They rightly point out that pubs were a communal hub for socialising within the community. They bemoan the death of a traditional Irish phenomenon and the effect the closures have on rural communities.
Note the date though – 2005.
Just after the smoking ban came in.
Strange how no one mentions that?