Cavan and Monaghan hit by sharp decline in pub numbers

Rural pub closures throughout Ireland have continued, with Cavan and Monaghan both seeing sharp declines.

In the period between 2005 and 2018, Monaghan lost almost a quarter (23.1%) of its pubs, with 28 pubs shutting down.

In Cavan, 34 pubs shut their doors, which represents a 15.4% decrease.

Ireland has the second-highest alcohol excise tax in the EU, which is being blamed for the downturn.

But while there has been a 20% (19.6%) decrease in the number of pubs outside of Dublin, only 1% (1.3%) of Dublin pubs have been hit by closures.

Padraig Cribben, CEO at Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, said the government was “slapping regulations and red tape on pubs” and that a “Dublin-centric” government was ignoring rural Ireland.