Kerry to hear fears for rural pub survival

Cllr Michael D O’Shea: Rural pubs facing extinction

SMALL pubs in rural villages face total extinction due to rising costs and the impact of the new drink driving legislation, a meeting of Kerry County Council will be told on Monday.

Cllr Michael D O’Shea will ask the local authority to write to the government seeking greater supports for small businesses in rural areas – especially pubs – as they are facing demise due to the costs of tax, insurance and stock price increases.

Cllr John Francis Flynn: earlier opening on Sundays

“There is also a major decline in these businesses due to the drink driving bill that was put in place,” said Cllr O’Shea who owns a pub in Milltown.

“These businesses provide a much needed social hub for many that live in rural isolation. Unless assistance of some form is provided I have no doubt our renowned rural pubs in our local villages face extinction,” he added.

At the same meeting Cllr John Francis Flynn will table a motion calling on Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan, to allow public houses to open at 11.00am on Sundays instead of the current time of 12.30pm.

He said the later opening time is impacting on tourists who are holidaying in Ireland.

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