A billboard campaign launched by a group called ‘Monaghan Publicans for Common Sense’ has called for the reopening of pubs that don’t sell food.
The group has targeted the “Taoiseach and Tánaiste for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that pubs remain closed in Ireland when they are open in the rest of Europe”.
Brian Reneghan of the Horse Shoe Bar in Clontibret spoke at the launch in Merrion Square in Dublin stating that “For months pub owners across Ireland have borne the costs of this pandemic, and we have done so largely without public complaint. But that ends today”.
Noel McNally, owner of McNally’s bar in Carrickmacross, stated that businesses like his are suffering and that his way of life was taken from him when his pub was closed in March.
McNally said that if we can reopen schools and off-licences, then we can reopen pubs, he stated that “The Government seems willing to trust everyone else in the country, except for pub owners and their customers”.