Alcohol Licensing Changes Could Decimate Older Rural Pubs

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The Vintners Federation of Ireland thinks the changes could result in an unlimited number of alcohol licenses.

The Vintners Federation of Ireland says it's concerned changes to alcohol licensing will decimate older pubs in rural areas.

The current plans aim to streamline laws around the sale of alcohol, which have been in existence for decades.

The VFI says if enacted, it could mean there would be an unlimited number of licenses.

President of the VFI, and owner of Giltrap's Pub in Kinnity, John Clendennen, says it's of particular concern to publicans in smaller towns and villages:

He says more needs to be done to protect the rural pub:

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