Drinks Ireland, which represents drinks suppliers and manufacturers across the country, is calling for pubs to be given the opportunity to reopen at the start of December.

In a statement, the group said it is urging the Government to base decisions around the reopening of the hospitality sector on evidence and research.

It said that if pubs remain closed, people will be driven to unregulated environments, such as households, where people may mix in large groups, without social distancing.

Drinks Ireland also urged the Government not to discriminate between pubs that serve food and pubs that don't serve food, saying there is no evidence that pubs that don’t serve food are riskier settings.

Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland referred to recent studies carried out.

"We know, based on the available published research, that there is little evidence hospitality venues are driving infections, but in contrast there are significant consequences of keeping these venues shut. This includes people gathering in homes, without social distancing and other measures in place.

The hospitality and wider experience sector employs 330,000 people, many of whom are young people.