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Pubs axe more jobs

THE pub trade continues to be hit by the downturn with 39pc cutting staffing levels in the first three months of the year in an effort to stay open.

Over 350 publicans are in Meath over the next three days for the 40th annual conference of the Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI). It represents 4,200 publicans throughout Ireland, outside of Dublin, representing approximately 50,000 jobs.