Vintners Federation of Ireland

  • The Chairman of the Vintners Federation of Ireland in Mayo admits that there are pubs in this region that are not playing by the rules in relation to the serving of food and alcohol under the present Covid 19 regulations, and he clearly states that his members want the book thrown at any and all of these publicans.

    But Achill based,Alan Gielty, who runs a pub and restaurant on the island, insists that the majority of publicans are playing by the rules and he argues that not allowing wet pubs to open on Monday will be the death knell for many rural pubs.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team recommended last night that pubs that don’t serve food (wet pubs) should remain closed, despite the promised re-opening date of Monday next, August 31ST.

    It’s among the items being discussed by the Cabinet today.

    The Vintners Federation of Ireland is insisting that the promised rescue package for publicans affected by 6 months of a closure at this stage, must be delivered immediately.


  • The uncertainty around what will happen in ten days times when the Level 5 Restrictions are due to be lifted is the most difficult thing for publicans, according to the Mayo Chairman of the Vintners Federation Alan Gielty.

    Alan, of Gielty's Bar and Restaurant  on Achill Island says businesses need to know now, a specific date when their premises can re-open and under what restrictions and regulations.

    He says it’s ridiculous to say that a rural pub can open, but only serve 15 customers outside in winter weather.

    Alan has been telling Midwest News about the problems now facing publicans just ten days out from the expected lifting of Level 5 Restrictions.

  • The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland has welcomed the news that commercial rates will be suspended while pubs are closed during the Covid-19 crisis.

    VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says the commitment from government to suspend commercial rates for pubs for the duration of the crisis is welcome news for the sector, which has already been closed for almost five weeks.

    Mr. Cribbin says commercial rates are a significant annual expense so this decision will help ease the pressure on publicans.

    He says this is a good start but publicans will need government to introduce a suite of business supports if the sector is to remain viable.

  • The Vintners Federation of Ireland is hitting out at the Government for sending a Covid safety message by not allowing pubs to open.

    It says its members have been closed for 5 months and they need to get back in business.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will decide on Tuesday, whether to reopen pubs on August 10th under Phase 4.

    VFI Chief Executive, Padraig Cribben feels pubs that don't serve food have been unfairly targeted by the state.