Ballyshannon publican says people should be ‘insurgent’ over skyrocketing costs

A publican from Ballyshannon said the rise in the cost of drinking is in line with the rising cost of living that is hitting people across the country and said something had to be done about it.

Heineken recently confirmed that it will raise its prices in pubs. The company said it is facing unprecedented cost increases and will have to raise the price of all pressure kegs from December 1 as holiday season celebrations begin.

Maurice McLaughlin, who runs Sean Óg’s popular pub in Ballyshannon, said costs were rising for everyone: “Costs are rising everywhere… Diesel, petrol, electricity and the cost of living have gone up. We should rebel against everything, not just the price of a pint. Oil has gone up,” he said.

He said costs for Heineken must also have gone up and the whole situation was unfortunate, but urged people to look at the bigger picture.

Drinkers will have to pay at least 25 cents more for a pint soon after Heineken confirmed it would raise its prices in pubs.

Meanwhile, the Consumers’ Association of Ireland has called on the government to introduce maximum prices on alcohol.

Michael Kilcoyne, chairman of the Consumers Association of Ireland, Michael Kilcoyne, said the government needed to act not just on the price of drinks, but also on other products.

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Martin E. Berry