Publicans and restaurateurs across the region are still reeling from the announcement yesterday by the Taoiseach that the government has paused the re-opening of indoor hospitality, with no definitive date in place for its re-opening at this stage.
In Ballina, the businesses affected have decided to take to the streets on Saturday next and to protest against the government’s decision and to say “enough is enough”.
The peaceful protest will get underway on Pearse Street in the town at 12 noon and it’s hoped that everyone who supports the immediate re-opening of indoor hospitality will join the demonstration.
Noel Regan of the well known, Crocket’s Bar and Bistro located at the Quays in Ballina , is among the organisers of Saturday’s protest. He saysthe owners of pubs, restaurants, cafes in the town cannot continue to cope with what he terms the government’s “yo-yoing” on re-opening indoor hospitality.
He says they are inviting members of the government to Ballina and inspect , first hand, how indoor hospitality will be run, adhering to all the Covid regulations, as it did last Summer.Noel has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley how he felt on hearing what Micheál Martin announced yesterday