Mayo Vintners

  • "What are you paying insurance for if you have to contest what it says on your policy?"

    That's the view of the Chairman of the Mayo Vintners Association who has been giving his reaction to yesterday's high court ruling  that four pub owners are entitled to be compensated by FBD Insurance for the disruption their businesses suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In a landmark decision, the outcome of which affects claims made by more than 1,000 Irish pubs and restaurants, the judge found that a policy sold by FBD covered losses the pubs sustained by having to close due to the global health emergency.

    Alan Gielty who is an Achill based publican and the Chairman of Mayo VFI says this ruling isn't going to be positive for the majority of publicans.


  • The full reopening of pubs, and how to limit the number of tourists travelling into this country, will be discussed by public health officials later this morning.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning, with under Phase 4 of the Covid 19 restrictions due to be lifted on Monday next.

    No new Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the Republic yesterday, however, 11 new cases of the virus were confirmed.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said yesterday evening that it's too early to say if pubs will be given the go-ahead to reopen next week.

     Meanwhile, the uncertainty about the regulations that will be imposed on publicans if allowed to reopen on Monday next is causing concern, according to the Mayo Chairman of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Alan Gielty.

    Bars that serve food, have reopened for about two weeks now, and the regulations and the significant reduction in capacity is causing headaches for many publicans across the region. That’s the view of Alan Gielty who is the proprietor of Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant Dooagh, Achill.

    Nonetheless, Mr Gielty told Midwest News that most publicans are taking on the onerous task of fitting out their establishments to meet the many regulations that look likely to be imposed.