Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry
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Event Centre granted planning

Cork Event Centre has been granted planning permission but legal challenge to State funding remainsThe €80m concert and event centre proposed for Cork has cleared its final planning hurdle following the rejection of an appeal.

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision made in October by Cork City Council to grant permission for the long-stalled project.
However, a separate legal case challenging the €50m State funding package is still before the courts.
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800 lay-offs at NI Group

 The Beannchor Group, one of Northern Irelnd's  largest operators of hotels, pubs and restaurants, has temporarily laid off 800 staff because of coronavirus. It has made a direct plemerchant0320a to Boris Johnson to help its former employees “feed their children and pay their bills”.

Bill Wolsey, managing director of the group, which includes some of Belfast’s most popular pubs, the luxury Merchant Hotel and the Little Wing Pizzeria chain of restaurants, told The Irish Times that he had waited as long as he could before deciding to temporarily close the doors of some of his operations.

NI braced for 10,000 job losses

Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector is bracing itself for “10,000 job losses” within a week as restaurants, pubs and cafes close because of coronavirus, a senior industry leader titanic1019has warned.

Chief executive of Hospitality Ulster Colin Neillsaid time was “running out” to implement emergency measures and ensure the sector in Northern Ireland survives the crisis.
 “There’s no money coming through the door, there’s no support in place and people are distraught. They are losing businesses that have taken them 20 years to build whether it is a pub, a coffee shop; these guys aren’t millionaires and the one question they are asking themselves now is, ‘how are our staff going to eat?’ ”


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McDonalds closes seating areas

All McDonalds restaurants in Ireland and the UK will become takeaways, drive-thrus and delivery operations as the company attempts to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, chief executive Paul Pomroy wrote: “Our restaurants will remain open for as long as it is safe to do so.
“In the last 24 hours it has become clear that we need to temporarily change our operations to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and customers consistent with the Government’s guidance on social distancing.
He added that all orders placed through Uber Eats and Just Eat would be “contact-free, with no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers, wherever possible”.

Brennans to keep Park open

 Francis and John Brennan’s Park Hotel in Kenmare is to remain open in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.John Brennan confirmed that following a staff meeting  the business will remain open.brennansThe hotel had 36 paying guests staying at the start of the week but Mr Brennan said: “This isn’t about making money - it is about looking after the people who have looked after us for many years - our staff."

He said: "It would be much easier to close the doors of the hotel and say that we’re closed but that would have a horrendous impact on the mental, physical and financial well being of our staff.” 
He  said they were going to lose money "hand over fist". 


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