Wicklow publicans to stage protests and coffee mornings as part of new campaign to reopen doors
Owners of pubs in Wicklow are set to ramp up their activities in an effort to get their businesses back open again.
Pub owners across the county this week received an email from the Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), Padraig Cribben, informing them of an intensified efforts to convince the Government to allow them re-open their doors.
In the email – seen by WicklowNow.ie – Mr Cribben described the support package offered by the Government to publicans last Friday as “pathetic”, adding: “It was a slap in the face for members who are closed almost six months.”
Mr Cribben told members the National Executive of the VFI has agreed upon a new direction, which they hope will lead to their businesses reopening.
The six-point plan put forward by the VFI includes protests outside Ministers and Government members constituency offices, which will begin next Monday.
Over the coming weeks, VFI members from different counties will descend on Dáil Éireann to demonstrate. The idea of using county groups is to maintain a constant presence in protest at Leinster House.
The VFI is also calling for a national day of protest in which members will open their doors to the public, but only to sell teas and coffees. The VFI said it make a large donation to the Irish Hospice Coffee Morning from the proceeds.
The VFI will continue their #SupportNot Sympathy social media campaign, while also issuing members with campaign posters to display outside their premises.
“We will keep fighting until our members are allowed reopen,” Mr Cribbens concluded.