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Byline: ED CARTY

A QUARTER of nightclubs have shut because of falling trade and fees for late opening, it was revealed yesterday.

A study of the licensed trade has found 130 have closed their doors for good in the last three years.

Late-night clubs thrived during the Celtic Tiger years as people partied the night away.

But demand has plummeted as revellers are forced to swap expensive nights on the tiles for cheap nights in.

Barry O'Sullivan, chief executive of the Irish Nightclub Industry Association, claimed the closures have cost 600 jobs.

He said: "Knowing our industry and thanks to the survey, that's about 2,500 part-time jobs in reality."

The INIA said the number of clubs dropped from 430 to 300 in the three years to 2010 and the loss to business has been estimated at EUR54million.

The figures were revealed on the back of an Aviva Health Insurance survey which found Irish drinkers are spending about EUR2,000 a year on alcohol.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2011
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