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Quiet times: Tom Cleary, who runs the Temple Bar pub, says “you have to make it attractive for people to return”. PHOTO: Frank McGrath

Quiet times: Tom Cleary, who runs the Temple Bar pub, says “you have to make it attractive for people to return”. PHOTO: Frank McGrath

Quiet times: Tom Cleary, who runs the Temple Bar pub, says “you have to make it attractive for people to return”. PHOTO: Frank McGrath

Some of the country's well-known publicans are telling the Government they don't want to charge extra for pints or introduce cover charges - but they need urgent State help.

Charlie Chawke, who owns nine bars and employs 400 staff, said his premises, including Searsons in Ballsbridge, Dublin, were "well capable" of operating social distancing measures.

"But the Government has to set out the requirements and open the pubs up," Mr Chawke added.