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Local publican claims some are placing 'phantom food orders' to get around €9 rule

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John and Annette Gaynor of Gaynor’s Pub on Hill St in Wexford

John and Annette Gaynor of Gaynor’s Pub on Hill St in Wexford

John and Annette Gaynor of Gaynor’s Pub on Hill St in Wexford

Pubs which claim to be serving food valued at a minimum of €9 are serving customers bag of chips from the local takeaway, issuing dummy food receipts, placing phantom food orders, and using empty pizza boxes to feign meals, according to two local publicans.

Annette and John Gaynor run Gaynor's Pub in Wexford town and Annette says the €9 rule has seen many pubs 'pass themselves off as gastro pubs' so that they can continue to operate.

'We all know the fallout from this,' she said. 'This was the worst decision by far by the powers-that-be. The €9 rule opened the doors, pardon the pun, for some wet pubs to pass themselves off as gastro pubs.