Time for vintners to stop whingeing
"IRISH pubs sell Irish products, almost exclusively" – Paul Keane is delusional if he really believes that! Guinness is owned by Diageo, a major UK/global company. Carlsberg? The last time I looked they were Danish, and Budweiser, yep, still American.
Most of the wine sold is French, Australian or American and most of the spirits are foreign to boot. Maybe Mr Keane should do a stock-take before making such statements. Of course, he may well be talking about the extortionately priced ‘soft drinks', crisps and nuts, which are absurdly expensive.
The real reason pubs are closing is easy to figure out. They are too expensive and the publicans are out of touch with what is happening in Ireland. Price is the major factor, that's why people are buying from the supermarkets. Also, in rural areas the stricter enforcement of drink driving laws has made many think twice about driving under the influence.