Diageo announces €14m fund for pubs

The company that owns Guinness has announced a new €14m fund for pubs to provide equipment and training over the next two years.

Diageo says the scheme's part of a €100m euro global project to aid recovery in the sector.

The brewery also says it plans to use hundreds of thousands of unused kegs from the Covid-19 lockdown as fertiliser for Christmas trees.

Hilary Quinn, from Diageo Ireland, says the funding's there to help pub owners:

"This has been established to support the recovery of pubs across the island of Ireland.

"It's part of a global Diageo programme to support pubs and bars, and really to welcome customers back and recover from this Covid-19 pandemic.

"In Ireland specifically, the Raising the Bar programme will be focussed on the provision of practical equipment and confidence building measures needed for outlets to reopen on a safe and sustainable basis."

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