A Kerry TD says he fears for the welfare of publicans.
Independent deputy Danny Healy-Rae was speaking after meeting 60 publicans in the county on Thursday night to discuss the continuing COVID-19 restrictions which have impacted them.
Deputy Danny Healy-Rae says he is very concerned for the welfare of Kerry publicans.
He claims many are concerned about their financial future, having already exhausted bank overdrafts.
Others are concerned about impending third level costs due in the coming months.
The Independent TD has suggested to the publicans that they should write a cheque with a future date, as he feels it’s unfair to pay a licence fee for something one can’t operate.
Deputy Healy-Rae adds many others are just concerned they can’t put food on the table; he fears this is impacting on their mental wellbeing.
The Rural Independent Group has already asked for a meeting with the Taoiseach, The Minister for Health and NPHET to discuss this urgent problem.