A Cork publican has apologised after saying he hopes Covid-19 will go on for another 10 years due to the financial supports provided to him from the Government.
Owner of the Silver Key Bar and Restaurant Tony Campion was filmed making the comments, which was widely shared across Social Media.
“We’d 64 staff here prior to Covid-19. We’re back with 40 staff,” Campion said in the footage.
“So, my payroll is about €18,500 a week. It was about €30,000 – €32,000 a week.”
“So everyone gets paid in, we do the account, and the Government… they give me €15,000 back every week for the Government subsidy,” he continued.
The publican then went on to say “Covid has to go on for another ten years”.
On Monday, Campion apologised on The Silver Key Bar and Restaurant Instagram page.
“They say that when drink is in, sense is out and boy has this wise old phrase echoed ever so loudly for me over the past few days,” he said.
“What I said was wrong and I am sorry for it. I have been under a lot of anxiety and stress since the death of my father and mother-in-law – all happening during Covid,” he said.