Publicans, restaurateurs and the off-licence trade took a big budget hit with the increase in alcohol excise duties, and many expect it to cause a further deterioration in the sector next year.
Excise duty on a bottle of wine was increased by €1, while an extra 10 cent was levied on a pint of beer or cider and a measure of spirits.
While the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) had hoped the government would target the...
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