A new report warns there will be 3,700 fewer jobs in the drinks and hospitality industry in the West of Ireland next year, as the impact of the Covid pandemic is set to continue.
Despite the predicted economic recovery, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland says weakened tourism demand will impact employment in the sector.
It predicts that the likely demand for overseas holidays rather than staycations, and the overall weaker national and international demand for travel and tourism will mean some pubs, restaurants and hotels will not return to their pre-pandemic employment levels next year.
In a new report, the Drinks Industry Group predicts 40,000 fewer jobs in the industry in Ireland next year - with 3,730 less jobs in the Galway/Mayo/Roscommon region - and says young people will be particularly impacted.
In response, the group is calling on the Government to reduce Ireland's excise tax rate by 7.5% in the upcoming Budget.
Ireland's rate is currently the second highest in Europe.
Reducing the excise tax rate would have overnight benefits for drinks and hospitality business owners and their staff, according to the industry group.