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Publicans not content with government €16m support package as Varadkar says pubs may not open this year

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there is no guarantee pubs will reopen this year as industry groups criticised the Government’s new €16 million support package.

The Cabinet decided on Friday that pubs which do not serve meals will not be permitted to open next week, before unveiling a package of increased cash grants.

The Government has also agreed to introduce regulations which would make it a civil rather than criminal offence to hold a gathering of more than six people in a private home either indoors or outdoors.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the Cabinet felt a penal provision or criminal sanction could be viewed as extreme.

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