‘Wet pubs’ should be given a chance to reopen, Varadkar says

Sources now believe pubs not serving food could be back open in early October

Sources now believe so-called ‘wet pubs’ could reopen in early October. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sources now believe so-called ‘wet pubs’ could reopen in early October. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said so-called “wet pubs” should be given the chance to reopen and prove that they can operate safely.

Mr Varadkar made the comments at a private meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday night, where he noted that the State was an outlier across Europe in terms of the reopening of bars. He said that if certain rules are in place, publicans should be given the opportunity to reopen their doors.

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