That ministers and their medical advisers were looking very closely at the arguments for closing bars — and possibly cafes and restaurants — following the pattern set by the Italian, French, and Spanish governments is no secret. That the display of gross irresponsibility, recklessness, and selfishness seen in jam-packed bars on Saturday helped to settle the matter for them comes as no surprise.
A coalition of business leaders, hoteliers, publicans and restaurateurs in Cork say their focus remains on doing everything possible to ensure the delivery of the Cork event centre as it faces yet about obstacle.
In 2004, Ireland went further than any other country and banned smoking in the workplace. Publicans led the outrage, but ultimately it was seen as a success. Now, however, there are more challenges — and Ireland is lagging, reports