Anti-drink campaigners were quick out of the blocks this week to denounce tax cut campaigns by parts of the hospitality industry. Alcohol Action Ireland, an advocacy group, described calls by publicans and restaurateurs for alcohol VAT cuts to weather the crisis as “irresponsible”. It is likely, however, that the group may have misinterpreted the intention of the VAT-cut proposals.

The two publican lobby groups, the Licensed Vintners Association and Vintners Federation of Ireland, have banded together with manufacturers’ group Drinks Industry Ireland to call for a temporary cut in VAT charged on pub drink sales from 23 per cent to 9 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Restaurants Association of Ireland this week called for a 5 per cent “composite” VAT rate on alcohol and food sold together as meals, which would benefit its gastropub members.



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