New proposed legislation under the Sale of Alcohol Bill could see the closure of many rural pubs, according to the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

Under the bill, extinguishment, which is licensing system that only allows a new pub to open when another pub in the area permanently closes, is set to be abolished.

Chief executive of the VFI, Paul Clancy says while this may sound like a good idea in hindsight, it could actually result in the closure of many rural pubs, as a pub will be able to open wherever they like.

But he also says many other elements of the bill, such as that surrounding night-time economy, is greatly welcomed by publicans.

Paul Clancy has been giving more details to Midwest Radio's Alannah Nolan about the proposed legislation, and why he sees an issue with some elements...


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