Monday 21 August 2017

Publicans have only themselves to blame

John Mallon blames the smoking ban for the closure of Irish pubs (Letters, March 31).

What about the longstanding practice of charging, say, €4 a pint, but €2.25 a glass? People are sick of being ripped off. If you fancy a glass of wine, you have to pay €3.50 to €4.50 for a small bottle. In the UK, many pubs have wine on draught, or pour it from a large bottle, obviously at a lot less cost.

Why do most pubs black out their windows? What have they got to hide? Would it not be better to make them bright and welcoming?

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