At least 2,450 jobs have been lost in the Dublin pub sector since pubs closed their doors in March, according to figures released by the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

This represents more than one in every five of the 12,000 jobs generated by Dublin pubs before the beginning of the crisis.

On average, just over 18 jobs were lost per day since the 15th March 2020 closure.  The LVA has indicated there may also be further significant job losses ahead, with almost one in three Dublin pubs yet to reopen and any pubs that do open operating at 50% capacity or less.

The LVA also confirmed that ten pubs across Dublin have ceased trading since the closure in mid March, including The Queens in Dalkey, The Donaghmede Inn and The Cardiff Inn, Finglas.

“At the outset of this crisis, pubs in Dublin and across the country acknowledged the need to close our doors for the good of public health,” said Donall O’Keeffe, LVA Chief Executive. “This continues to be the responsible course of action, but it has had a real and serious economic impact on the pub sector in Dublin.

“Unfortunately one in every five people employed by pubs in Dublin have lost their jobs in the period since. That amounts to at least 2,450 people who were made redundant.

“We expect there will be significant further redundancies should the public health situation require additional delays in the reopening of pubs. As it is, even those pubs who are trading have had to let some workers go and / or reduce the number of hours and level of salary provided.

“This time last year, Dublin pubs were having difficulty finding sufficient staff, such were the number of jobs being created. How that picture has now changed. To what extent the employment outlook further darkens will depend on the trading situation and the public health prognosis in the weeks and months ahead,” Mr. O’Keeffe concluded.

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