Tax breaks for pub-owners would help rural business

A West Sligo publican has backed Government proposals to consider the introduction of tax breaks for pub owners who bring their customers home following a night out.

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin last week, confirmed he is looking into a number of measures ahead of this year’s budget, including the possibility of tax relief in the area of Vehicle Registration Tax and fuel.

The measures are being considered ahead of the expected passing of Minister for Transport, Shane Ross’ drink-driving bill which would see anyone caught over the limit, serve a three month ban.

Councillor Michael Clarke, who runs The Still Bar in Dromore West said with the co-operation of the Gardaí, the proposal recognises what needs to done in relation to supporting businesses in rural areas.