New figures show that at least 2,450 jobs have been lost in the Dublin pub sector since pubs closed their doors in March.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) said that one in every five people employed by pubs in Dublin have lost their jobs. 

The LVA cautioned there may also be further significant job losses ahead, with almost one in three Dublin pubs yet to reopen and any pubs that do open operating at 50% capacity or less.

The association also confirmed that ten pubs across Dublin have ceased trading since the closure in March, including The Queens in Dalkey, The Donaghmede Inn and The Cardiff Inn in Finglas. 

Donall O'Keeffe, LVA's chief executive, said that almost one third of the pubs in Dublin are yet to reopen and their viability is further threatened with every additional day they remain closed. 

"Any business or employer would struggle if they had no income for 40% of a year, which is the situation facing pubs who will not open before August 10," Mr O'Keeffe said. 

Mr O'Keeffe said that this time last year, Dublin pubs were having difficulty finding sufficient staff, such were the number of jobs being created. 

"How that picture has now changed. To what extent the employment outlook further darkens will depend on the trading situation and the public health prognosis in the weeks and months ahead," he said. 

He said that the start of the coronavirus crisis, pubs in Dublin and across the country acknowledged the need to close their doors for the good of public health.

"This continues to be the responsible course of action, but it has had a real and serious economic impact on the pub sector in Dublin," he added.