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Pubs "Need Government Support" To Survive The Winter

The midlands has almost a third less pubs now compared to 2005.

The pub trade needs some kind of support from the government if its to survive the winter.

A new report shows the number of pubs in the midlands fell by 28% between 2005 and 2021.

While 32 pubs permanently closed in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath during the pandemic.

Laois recorded the biggest drop in all of Ireland, down 30.6% from 157 pubs in 2005 to 109 in 2021.

In Offaly, 49 pubs have closed in the last 17 years, representing a 29.9% decrease.

Westmeath has the highest number of pubs in the region at 161. However, compares to 213 in 2005.

John Clendennen, President-Elect of the Vintners' Federation of Ireland and Offaly councillor, says a cut in the excise duty to 7.5 per cent in the Budget would help them weather the storm:

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