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'Torture' Kerry chef says Tony Holohan is 'destroying' business owners' livelihoods

Paul Treyvaud said that he is struggling to keep his business afloat due to the high number of cancellations he’s been receiving recently.

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Killarney chef Paul Treyvaud

Killarney chef Paul Treyvaud

Killarney chef Paul Treyvaud

A Kerry restauranteur has said that the government “couldn’t care less” about people working in the hospitality sector.

Last week, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan encouraged people not to attend their work Christmas parties this year and “stay at home as much as possible” to reduce the spread of Covid.

While the government has not officially advised employers to cancel the festive parties, many have pulled the plug on such events, meaning restaurant and bar owners lose out on business.

Paul Treyvaud, from Treyvaud’s restaurant in Killarney, said that he is struggling to keep his business afloat due to the high number of cancellations he’s been receiving recently as a result of the ongoing Covid crisis.

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

 

Taking to Twitter on Monday, he slammed the Irish government and Tony Holohan and said that they don’t care about people who are suffering financially as a result of their decisions.

“Jesus the cancellations would break your bloody heart. Unfortunately the @CMOIreland and this current government couldn’t care less with the livelihoods they are destroying. It’s absolute torture now at this stage,” he said in one tweet.

In another, he complained that many customers have been cancelling their reservations due to Covid concerns.

He wrote: “Here’s a great idea. Instead of cancelling you dinner reservation on a Saturday night, move it to a quiet midweek night!! Everyone is supposed to be working from home so the following morning, check in with boss and then head straight back to bed!!”

Speaking to Radio Kerry, Mr Treyvaud expressed his concerns about a potential Christmas lockdown and said that it would shut many businesses down for good.

“When I’m speaking to restauranteurs - they’ve cashed in their pensions to stay afloat. They’ve cashed in all of their life savings to stay afloat,” he said.

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“They’ve remortgaged their houses, their businesses, their premises, everything to stay afloat.

“There’s no alternative that if you shut us down, we’re simply gone. There are already so many businesses that have shut their doors and will never open up again.”

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