Vintners demand reopening plan as pubs in North get green light 

On the day pubs in Northern Ireland were told they can resume indoor drinking and dining on 24th May, the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) says the Irish Government must immediately publish its plan to get the hospitality sector reopened here. In a significant move, similar to the reopening plan in England, all hospitality outlets […]

VFI says lack of roadmap leaves pub sector floundering

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) says the continued absence of a coherent roadmap to guide the pub sector towards reopening is causing huge distress to publicans, their families and staff. The VFI has described today’s announcement by Government about the planned easing of restrictions as a “missed opportunity” as it should have contained clear […]

VFI welcomes Government’s new rural strategy

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new five-year rural strategy that will promote living and working in rural areas. As an organisation that represents publicans in rural Ireland, the VFI says ‘Our Rural Future’ is an ambitious plan that will do much to support people and businesses across […]

VFI & LVA Publicans mark one-year closed

The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) is  launching a new #NotDisposable campaign, aimed at reminding the public of the many people behind pubs, hospitality, arts and entertainment who have largely been out of work since last March. The social media campaign will see hundreds of pubs and individuals posting pre […]

VFI says lack of roadmap increases anxiety and uncertainty

The lack of any detailed plan for how the pub sector will reopen is a major flaw in the Resilience and Recovery 2021 plan published by government and will prolong the anxiety and uncertainty for over 7,000 publicans, their families and staff, says the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI). As the pub sector approaches the […]

VFI says court decision to award compensation “huge result for publicans”

The decision by the High Court that four pub owners are entitled to business interruption compensation from their insurer due to the Covid-19 pandemic is warmly welcomed by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), the 1,100 publicans who are FBD customers and the wider pub sector. VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says: “This High Court […]

New alcohol regulations welcome but MUP urgently required

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has welcomed the introduction of new laws that restrict the purchase of alcohol through promotions and loyalty schemes, but says the continued refusal by Government to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing dilutes the impact of the new regulations. While price promotions such as “buy six bottles for €50” are now […]