KIlkenny publicans took part in a protest march on the Dail to high-light the dangers posed to jobs in the pub trade if the government don’t ease the tax regime.
Publicans from Bennetsbridge, Danesfort and Kilkenny city all took their complaints to the gates of Leinster house.
The publicans laid out demands to the Government to help save the 5,000 jobs predicted to be lost in the pub industry in 2012. They gathered outside Dáil Éireann to highlight the major concerns and challenges facing the pub industry. 30,000 jobs have been lost in the pub trade in the last five years alone at an estimated current annual cost to the exchequer of €630m.