PUBLICANS EXPRESS ANGER AT LACK OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

16 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland has strongly criticised government for abandoning rural communities in the wake of changes to drink-driving legislation introduced last October. Given the lack of clarity about when it’s safe to drive, which has induced fear in local communities, the VFI says urgent action is required to implement sustainable transport solutions for rural Ireland.

Speaking at the Federation’s AGM, Chief Executive Padraig Cribben said the government had passed legislation that has a disproportionately negative impact on rural areas compared to major cities. Mr Cribben said: “If you live in Dublin you can take the DART or Luas but obviously, those options are not available elsewhere. The legislation was introduced in isolation without any….

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