The Restaurants Association of Ireland is seeking rent cuts from landlords, official grants and greater flexibility from banks and utility companies. Chief executive Adrian Cummins said: “Unless we get a July stimulus package, 50% of the restaurants will close and some have not even got to the starting line yesterday – they have closed already.”
All we are getting is tea and sympathy and asking for their full rent
He said eateries which would not reopen included those catering for tourists in places like West Cork or Connemara.
He told Dáil Deputies owners were facing demands for 100% of rent bills and utility payments.
“You will see a lot of businesses that will have to close their doors because the landlord is not playing ball.
The Dáil’s Special Committee on the Covid-19 Response took evidence from members of the hospitality industry on Tuesday.