Limerick pubs under pressure as recession bites

Eugene Phelan

Reporter:

Eugene Phelan

AS the number of pubs closing in Limerick rises by the week, it has been confirmed that some who have remained open are operating without a proper pub license.

AS the number of pubs closing in Limerick rises by the week, it has been confirmed that some who have remained open are operating without a proper pub license.

While the number of pubs without a license is “not substantial”, several publicans have not had their licenses renewed in court because they could not get a tax clearance cert, as their affairs are not in order.

High-ranking sources within the gardai and the trade have confirmed that a “handful” of pubs are operating without licenses but they are trying to get their business in order and pay taxes owed.

In a separate development within the industry, the Triple Crown bar in Athlunkard Street is the latest in a string of well-known pubs to shut its doors, with the Corner Flag in Henry Street, another well-known rugby haunt along with Clohessy’s in Raheen, Goosers in Corbally and Hassett’s in Thomondgate, all closed as a result of the recession.

It is understood that the Corner Flag may reopen shortly.

“I remember when there was seven pubs on High Road in Thomondgate; now we have only one left, the North Star. Publicans are going through a horrific time and the Budget with a two per cent VAT increase won’t help things”, says former publican Cllr Kevin Kiely.