- 28 Jul 20
One in three of the capital's pubs remain closed
The stark statistic revealed by the Licensed Vintners Association is that more than one in every five of the 12,000 jobs generated by Dublin pubs before the beginning of the crisis has been lost to Covid-19.
"At the outset of this crisis, pubs in Dublin and across the country acknowledged the need to close our doors for the good of public health,” reflects Donall O’Keeffe, LVA Chief Executive. “This continues to be the responsible course of action, but it has had a real and serious economic impact on the pub sector in Dublin. This is incredibly hard on these individuals and their families. On average more than 18 more people working in Dublin pubs lose their jobs every day.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in the sector about future business and employment prospects. Almost one third of the pubs in Dublin are yet to reopen and their viability is further threatened every additional day they remain closed. Any business or employer would struggle if they had no income for 40% of a year, which is the situation facing pubs who will not open before August 10.
“A further tangible sign of that struggle comes in the form of the 10 Dublin pubs who have ceased trading and decided to keep their doors closed for good. The loss of these businesses will be felt by the workers, the publicans involved and by their local communities. Sadly these are unlikely to be the last Dublin pubs to take such a step this year.
“We expect there will be significant further redundancies should the public health situation require additional delays in the reopening of pubs. As it is, even those pubs who are trading have had to let some workers go and/ or reduce the number of hours and level of salary provided to account for pub capacity being reduced to 50% or less of their pre-crisis levels. These problems are multiplied for pubs who are not in a situation to take in any income.
“This time last year, Dublin pubs were having difficulty finding sufficient staff, such were the number of jobs being created. How that picture has now changed. To what extent the employment outlook further darkens will depend on the trading situation and the public health prognosis in the weeks and months ahead.”