Pub-owners confident trade will improve in the next three years

The majority of publicans believe their business will improve over the next three years.

The survey by the Vintners Federation of Ireland shows that this is leading them to decide to invest and refurbish their premises.

Publicans say the upturn in the economy is the number one reason for their optimism.

A strong tourism market and the increasing popularity of pub food were also given as reasons for their positivity.