The Mayo Chairman of the Vintners Federation of Ireland is calling for a reduction of alcohol VAT rates to 9% for pubs ASAP alongside a reduction in the hospitality VAT rate.

Alan Gielty is the owner of Gielty’s Clew Bay in Achill and says that a reduction to 9% for viably trading pubs is better than a 23% VAT rate of no pub trade.

He says a VAT reduction on alcohol would help the sector maintain employment of ‘younger workers’ by giving them the reserves to keep them on their books even if trade is slow.

Mr Gielty also expressed concern that no guidance has been provided by either the HSE or Government for the sector ahead of its presumed reopening in Phase Four.

The Mayo VFI Chairman told Midwest News that reduced VAT rates would be a ‘game changer’ for some 218 pubs in Mayo yet to reopen.

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