Gastropubs and restaurants should have been given more notice, ahead of having to close up again from Christmas Eve afternoon.

That's according to the Chairman of the Mayo branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Alan Gielty, who runs a bar / restaurant on Achill Island.

He says it's unfair on those in the food business, who now have to lay off staff again and also have to try and cancel orders for stock, ahead of what should be a busy week up to the New Year.

Speaking with Midwest News, Alan Gielty says the announcement by the Taoiseach yesterday that restaurants and food pubs have to close at 3pm tomorrow, was a devastating blow.

He's also concerned about unregulated drinking in homes and other environments, due to the below-cost selling of alcohol.



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