Pub land­lord tax break is ‘un­work­able’

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

PLANS to of­fer pub land­lords a tax break if they help cus­tomers home at the end of the night won’t solve the in­dus­try’s prob­lem, a TD has warned.

In­de­pen­dent Michael Fitz­mau­rice said the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal will fail to halt the cri­sis which is forc­ing ru­ral pubs to close at a rapid rate.

He added: “Of­fer­ing tax breaks to pub­li­cans to leave their cus­tomers home late at night is an at­tempt by the Gov­ern­ment to take the heat off back bench TDS in the cur­rent de­bate about the drink driv­ing leg­is­la­tion.

“It’s not work­able in many cases, es­pe­cially in ru­ral Ire­land.”

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