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Even bumper night will not offset service losses

RESTAURANTS, bars and hotels rolled out the welcome mats for customers last night but admitted even a bumper night will do little to offset their recent losses, writes Jason O'Brien.

The Restaurant Association of Ireland has demanded compensation from local authorities because of water shortages.

And it maintained businesses had lost 50pc of their turnover compared to the same period last year because of water and weather difficulties.

"We're paying the highest rates in Europe for a mediocre service, and local authorities just haven't seen that they need to help businesses survive a recession," chief executive Adrian Cummins said.

"Local authorities must be held accountable."

The Department of Environment has said compensation has not been considered.

Water restrictions were lifted in the capital and around the country yesterday evening after the business community demanded water be restored for one of the busiest nights of the year.

However, with water restrictions due to return in Dublin later today, the relief for the services industry will be short-lived.

Irish Independent