At present, 19.5 per cent of the adult population smokes – down from 29 per cent in 2003

A 50 cent increase in the excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes was the only tax increase announced in Budget 2017. The increase takes the avera(...)

Insurance costs for Dublin publicans  typically range from €15,000 to €25,000 a year, according to the Licensed Vintners Association. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dublin publicans have been hit by “crippling” 20 per cent insurance hikes in each of the past two years, threatening the viability of pubs in the cap(...)

Raising the bar:  Publicans David O’Grady,  Deirdre Devitt  and Gary Pepper, at Devitt’s pub, The Two Sisters, in Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub,” mused Leopold Bloom on an early summer’s day in 1904 but, more than a century later, a bet(...)

Trevor O’Shea, one of the new breed of investors at the vanguard of the bristling Dublin pub scene, was up at 5am on Wednesday sending emails to a hea(...)

Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s the economy, stupid. The de facto slogan for Bill Clinton’s 1992 US presidential campaign is just as relevant for the general election campaign t(...)

Pubs will remain closed on Good Friday 2016 despite a campaign from vintners for the alcohol ban to be lifted. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgeral(...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)

Tourists wander around Dublin wondering why pubs are closed on Good Friday,  the Licensed Vintners’ Association has said.

The ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday should be lifted so football fans can drink during next year’s Ireland vs Switzerland international friendly(...)

The Intoxicating Liquor Act, when introduced in 1927, said alcoholic drinks could not be sold on Christmas Day, Good Friday and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960 to accommodate visitors coming from overseas to celebrate the national holiday

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is set to cost the restaurant sector €15 million in revenue, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has cla(...)

Suzanne Costello chief executive of Alcohol Action Ireland: ‘Like most systems of self-regulation in Ireland, the alcohol industry’s codes have proven to be wholly ineffective and has done nothing to protect the young and vulnerable members of our society from alcohol harm.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

An opportunity to make a major difference to the health of future generations will be spurned by failure to tackle alcohol marketing, the Joint Commit(...)

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