There are over 100 less pubs in Co Mayo than in 2005 - according to figures released today by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland.

Mayo had 467 pubs in 2005, and that was down to 364 last year, while across the country, there are almost 1500 less pubs - a decrease of over 17%.

Cork saw a 25% decrease in the number of pubs over the 12 year period - the largest drop in the country.

Dublin, Meath and Wexford saw the smallest decline in publican's licences, while rural counties saw the most significant decrease.

Padraig Cribben, CEO of the Vintners Federation of Ireland says the statistics are worrying, and show the need for the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality industry to remain in place.

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