Carn publican blasts latest round of alcohol price hikes
A Carn publican says Tuesday’s Budget is a ‘final nail in the coffin’ for the pub trade in Inishowen.
Robert Cunningham, who runs Tully’s Bar in Carn, blasted the latest round of alcohol price hikes with pints going up by 10 cent and 50 cent extra on bottles of wine.
Mr. Cunningham has been in trade for the past seven years. He says the government increases, already in place, will make a bad situation worse.
“I think they could have overlooked the drink this time because the pub trade is already on its last legs after recent increases. It’s extremely difficult to make any money as it is without bringing in more alcohol price rises. This could be final nail in the coffin for the pubs,” he said.
“The truth of it is, we can’t compete with the price of drink in supermarkets and this certainly won’t help us. I have been in and around pubs since the early seventies and I have never seen them as quiet as they are now. More and more people are continuing to drink at house parties because of all these rises.”
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