The reduction in the VAT rate in today’s budget is welcome, according to the Mayo Chair of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Alan Gielty
Yesterday, Alan spoke to Midwest News about the need in today’s budget for the VAT rate to be reduced from 13.5 to 9%, if publicans are to manage to re-open their premises and survive after the present lockdown.
There are just a handful of pubs and pub/restaurants continuing to trade in Mayo, under the present Level 3 Restrictions, he claimed. Alan himself has closed his pub/restaurant on Achill Island since last week.
He told Midwest News this evening the VFI have been lobbying hard for the VAT reduction and says his members are disappointed that today’s budget did not address the issue of a minimum price per unit for alcohol.