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Five most-popular drinks at Stormont members' bar since collapse of Northern Ireland Executive

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The figures covered 2017 and the first seven months of 2018

The figures covered 2017 and the first seven months of 2018

The figures covered 2017 and the first seven months of 2018

The top five drinks consumed at the Stormont Members' Bar since the collapse of the power-sharing Executive last year have all been non-alcoholic, new figures have revealed.

Figures released to the Belfast Telegraph for 2017 and the first seven months of 2018 show patrons instead opted for an array of hot drinks.

Last year the most popular drink in the members' bar was filter coffee, followed by pots of tea, lattes, cans of soft drinks, and cappuccinos.

In the first seven months of this year tea has muscled its way into the top spot, followed by filter coffee, flavoured tea, americano, and cappuccino.

In a statement, an Assembly spokesperson confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph alcohol was available.

Over the past two years there has been big peaks and troughs in the amount of business being done at the Members' Bar.

In February 2017, the month following the collapse of the power-sharing Executive, the monthly net revenue stood at just £38.08 - the only time over the 19-month period when double figures were recorded.

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The highest net monthly income came in July of this year when £2,297.71 was taken by the bar.

In that month a number of outdoor events took place in the Stormont Estate including the Wild Air Run on July 28, and an event by pro-life group Rally for Life, who had a rally at the building on July 7.

On July 30 an event, attended by DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly and Dolores Kelly, heard from those impacted by legacy issues.

Net revenue of more than £2,000 was also recorded in August 2017, and December 2017.

The numbers also show the five days on which the highest net revenue was taken at the members' bar since the start of 2017.

With July this year having the biggest revenue, it is unsurprising four of the five days when the most revenue was taken all fell within the month. 

The day with the biggest taking was July 26, 2018 with £310.70; followed by July 5 with £270.60; July 4 with £210.55; and July 3 with £150.05.

On revenue at the bar, an Assembly spokesperson added: "Parliament Buildings extended its public dining initiative in 2017, this included the use of the Members’ Bar as a venue for a range of publicly attended functions, events and receptions.

"During peak times, the Members’ Bar is also used as the main venue for Parliament Building’s Afternoon Tea service which is open to the public throughout the year. Rises in revenue tend to correspond to increased usage of the Members’ Bar during the summer and Christmas periods."


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