Waterford pubs to host ‘coffee and tea’ mornings in new campaign to reopen doors
Publicans in Waterford will take part in national protests and host ‘coffee mornings’ as part of a new campaign to reopen their doors again.
Pub owners across the county recently received an email from the Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, (VFI) Padraig Cribben, in which he informed them of plans to intensify pressure on the Government over the coming weeks.
In the email – seen by WaterfordNow.ie – Mr Cribben described the recent support package offered by the Government to publicans 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 on a new “six-point plan”, which includes protests outside ministers and Government TDs’ constituency offices, which will begin from Monday.
Over the coming weeks VFI members from different counties will descend on Dáil Éireann as part of a plan for publicans to maintain a constant presence outside Leinster House.
The VFI has also called for a national day of protest, during which members will open their doors to the public but only to sell teas and coffees. The VFI plans to make 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 Cribben’s email concluded.