Till receipts and closing time: Counting FBD’s losses in pub battle
Four publicans won their test case against FBD Insurance over business interruption claims. Now the court has to determine what they can recover under their policies. Early closing hours, table-only service and staff costs are all at issue.
6th Jul, 2021 - 4 min read
This Sandycove pub with strong links to James Joyce is about to be sold for €2m
Fitzgerald’s in Sandycove is famous for its literary connections, and now a low-profile company is on the brink of acquiring it. It is the latest pub to change hands as the sector begins to reopen.
3rd Jun, 2021 - 2 min read
The pubs v FBD round two: Assessing the losses will be no easy business
The pubs that challenged FBD's stance on Covid-related business interruption cover were vindicated by the High Court. Now there is the tricky business of assessing losses, particularly around two big sticking points: partial pub closures and legal costs.
26th Feb, 2021 - 6 min read
Ernest Cantillon: “I spent years behind the bar selling other people’s products. So, I said feck it, I’d like to sell my own”
His pubs may have been forced to shut, but Ernest Cantillon doubled turnover at his gin and whiskey company last year. He talks about navigating his businesses through the pandemic, taking out insurance with FBD and why he would never open a pub in Dublin again.
15th Feb, 2021 - 6 min read
Covid-19 has given us a chance to bin the binge. Instead, we keep asking when we can have our next drink
The pandemic has opened promising debates around many of our bad habits. The renewed focus on public health should encompass alcohol consumption and a sustainable new business model for pubs, but it is not happening.