'Landlords need to take some pain' – Reaction as dispute unfolds between Bewley's and Ronan Group – Independent.ie

The government is being urged to “take decisive action and force landlords to slash rent” during the Covid crisis following the announcement that iconic café Bewley’s is to close.

drian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said landlords “need to take some pain” if the hospitality industry is to survive.

“You are going to have a domino fall of businesses that can’t pay their rent, that won’t be able to open and I can’t see 90pc of restaurants opening up on June 29 unless drastic action is taken,” he said.

“This has to be a wake up call to the government that if a company in hospitality like Bewley’s can fall, what is going to happen in the future for smaller businesses who are having huge difficulty with landlords with no light at the end of the tunnel.

“Landlords are issuing 21 day notices and putting severe pressure

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