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Publican Eamon backs plan to safeguard jobs in industry


A PUBLICAN has backed a national campaign to help safeguard jobs within the Wicklow drinks industry.

The national campaign 'Support Your Local ... ' is designed to highlight the significant financial and social contribution made by the Irish drinks industry. In Wicklow 1,658 people are employed in the drinks industry with 179 pubs and bars in Wicklow paying €16 million in employee wages.

During the campaign launch a report by Tony Foley of DCU Business School - Drinks Related Employment in Dail Constituencies - was presented.

Baltinglass publican Eamon Horan said: 'The Irish pub offers a unique hospitality experience that is renowned the world over. When tourists come to Ireland they want to go to an Irish pub, they want to enjoy a pint in the welcome surrounds of locals. The pub is the hub of the local town; it is the heart of the local community.

'If we are going to preserve that, we need to support our locals, which is why I am delighted to lend my support to this campaign to call on people to 'Support Your Local".'

Nationally there are 8,298 public houses and other bars and almost 1,700 full off-licences. In addition to the large brewers and distillers there are 25 craft or micro-breweries and several new small distilleries are being developed.

Nationally, the drinks industry directly provides 63,000 full or part-time jobs with a wages bill of €885m and purchases over €1 billion of Irish produced agricultural, other materials and services inputs. These purchases support about 11,600 jobs. The direct and indirect employment total of 74,600 supports an additional 17,500 jobs. Overall, the drinks industry supports over 92,000 jobs.

The campaign also called on the government to address the sale of cheap alcohol, to introduce a statutory ban on price based advertising and statutory codes to regulate the merchandising of alcohol

The 'Support Your Local ... ' campaign is supported and funded by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland.