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Large breweries ‘pay publicans not to stock smaller companies’ beer, cider’
Good on Alan Kelly TD for raising the issue -- it is clearly happening and is clearly anti-competitive market manipulation by the big brewers.
He said a pub in Cork he was in recently had 21 taps of which 19 were from one brewing company and that smaller breweries tried to get some of that business. Mr Kelly claimed similar practices were occurring in pubs across all counties and that the statutory body that deals with anti-competitive practices, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), had received a number of complaints but did not have the resources to deal with the issue.

However, Minister of State Pat Breen said “after a robust examination” the CCPC found it did not have grounds to suspect a breach of the law.

Mr Kelly said that “the dogs in the street know what is happening here” and that the Minister’s response was insulting to the industry. He said the CCPC would need large resources to investigate the issue and “large amounts of cash and resources are being used, and these practices are happening in large pubs in all cities and towns in Ireland”.
ireland  brewing  beer  pubs  ccpc  anti-competitive  business  alan-kelly  dail 
11 weeks ago by jm
Who is my TD?
very nice single-purpose site -- figure out who represents any given Irish postal address
td  ireland  web  democracy  tds  dail 
april 2013 by jm
The worst week for the worst Taoiseach in the State's history
incredible insider account of Cowen's final ineptitudes as FF leader. Beyond GUBU
gubu  funny  inept  ireland  brian-cowen  fianna-fail  dail  crazy  politics  from delicious
january 2011 by jm

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