Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Kick in the teeth' after harsh Budget

Alan Campbell of Dublin's The Bankers Bar gets ready for work
Alan Campbell of Dublin's The Bankers Bar gets ready for work
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE owner of a busy city-centre bar has warned publicans have been "given a kick in the teeth" only weeks after a hard-hitting Budget.

Alan Campbell, who has operated The Bankers Bar on Trinity Street for more than 20 years, warned that Dublin water problems were a major worry for the late-night businesses.

"I was really panicking and filling water buckets all day," he said. "The last thing you want is delegates from the web summit being unable to flush a toilet."


However, he said they got through the first night of the restrictions without major problems, aside from a drop in water pressure.

He said many businesses hand over thousands of euro in water rates but had not been informed of restrictions in advance.

Mr Campbell said compensation, or a rates reduction, would be welcome because he had to hire extra staff to ensure the toilets had enough water.

"It is not the first time it has happened and they (the council) should be prepared for it," he said.

Irish Independent

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