Publicans predict VAT hike would cost jobs

Publicans fear more jobs could be lost within the sector - if the Government approves the Finance Minister's proposal to increase VAT by 2 per cent in next month's budget.

The move to push the VAT rate up to 23 per cent would add an extra eight cents to a four euro pint of beer.

In order to prevent cross-border shopping, the Vintners Federation of Ireland is now calling on the Government to reduce excise duty in the upcoming budget.

President of the group is Padraig Cribbin: