833 pub licences were not renewed in the 2007 to 2009. 54 of these pubs are located in Mayo, Deputy John O'Mahoney TD, FG announced after finally getting the information from the Dept. Finance.
Given that, apart from churches, public houses are the backbone of social life in rural Ireland, whether a good thing or bad, that is a fact, these closures will impact on the lives of those who rely on pubs for all social contact.
As a smoker (I know, don't start) I stopped going to pubs to meet with mates and instead we meet in our houses, I feel that apart from the financial problems that all businesses are facing, that the ban on smoking in public houses etc., has contributed, strongly to the downfall of many a thriving business.
Was banning smoking a huge mistake? Has the impact of this ban led to this crises? Should it be reversed. Can it be reversed? Should the ban be voluntary?