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NI's restaurateurs call on HMRC to serve up Eat Out scheme extension

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Belfast restaurateur Tony O’Neill

Belfast restaurateur Tony O’Neill

Belfast restaurateur Niall McKenna

Belfast restaurateur Niall McKenna

Nigel McGarrity, The Salthouse, Ballycastle

Nigel McGarrity, The Salthouse, Ballycastle

Belfast restaurateur Tony O’Neill

Restaurateurs in Northern Ireland are calling on HMRC to continue its Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to allow the trade to claw back some of the earnings lost over lockdown.

It comes as Frankie and Benny's said it had permanently closed its site at Sprucefield Park.

And the industry believes such losses reinforce a longer-term need for more governmental incentives to support the sector worst hit by Covid-19.