The shelving of Michael McDowell's plans to introduce café-bar licences in Ireland thwarted not only our dreams of European-style cafe-bars, but also the advent of the English-style gastro-pub.
The great success of the smoking ban has led, in some cases, to the development of our pubs' outdoor spaces.
However, many pubs have used their spaces to facilitate a quick smoke rather than constitute a sociable extension to the premises.
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