Brewers, distillers, publicans, restauranteurs, hoteliers and off-licence owners, and other Irish drinks and hospitality entrepreneurs are looking to Minister Paschal Donohoe for
support and protection ahead of the final Budget before Brexit, according to the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland’s (DIGI) Budget Submission.
The drinks and broader hospitality sector employs 175,000 people, or nearly 8% of the Irish workforce. Many of these jobs, particularly those in drinks production, are located outside of Dublin while hospitality employment has grown faster than total employment in the past number of years.**
A no-deal Brexit will disproportionately affect the sector, particularly if sterling depreciates further against the euro. Parity or near-parity will lower the value of drinks exports to the UK, increase import prices, increase the threat of cross border shopping and further reduce the number of British tourists visiting Ireland.