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The UK group, which is due to open its first pub here in April, has posted strong second-quarter results, with like-for-like sales jumping 6.7pc.

The company's chairman and founder, Tim Martin, said he envisages opening between 30 and 50 pubs in Ireland in the next decade.

Wetherspoon's first premises in the Republic will open in the Tonic Bar Blackrock, Co Dublin (above). It has also acquired a premises in Cork, which is due to open in the spring. The chain previously earmarked a premises in Dublin in the middle of the last decade, but said it was scared off from opening by the high cost of doing business here.

It said that in the 12 weeks to January 19, total sales across its portfolio rose 10.6pc, while in the 25 weeks to January 19, like-for-like sales were 5.2pc higher and total sales were up 9pc.