Indoor trading for publicans appears to be on track to resume by Thursday, July 1st, according to the Mayo Chairman of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, Alan Gielty.

The Achill based publican is hopeful that pubs can fully reopen serving food and drink, or drink only, in time for the traditional start of the summer tourist season.

However, he says that while publicans welcome the reopening of pubs for outdoor trading only on 7th June, (two weeks time),  for the vast majority of its rural members running an outdoor-only business is not sustainable.

From today pubs in the North reopen to serving customers indoors, three weeks after outdoor trading started there.

Alan who runs Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant in Dooagh Achill says the game changer this Summer is the number of tourists and locals who will be vaccinated.

He has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley why he’s confident that all pubs on the island will be able to serve customers indoors from July 1st





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