A CORK Senator has called for initiatives to ban smartphones in some pubs and social areas.
According to Cork Fine Gael senator Tim Lombard, smartphones are hurting Ireland's world famous hospitality industry.
He said: “One of my favourite pubs in Cork, the Anchor bar in Courtmacsherry, has banned the use of smartphones. This has the positive effect of getting people to interact with one another directly.
“The Irish hospitality culture is fuelled by engaging conversation in our pubs and restaurants. We are known worldwide for being very sociable, being able to talk to the wall, and having the craic.
“I think such initiatives have to be encouraged and supported.
“In my home parish of Tracton, there are five pubs but none have mobile phone coverage. While admittedly this is a hindrance for daily business in a rural area, there is a positive effect too,” he added.
He said he plans to raise the matter with the Dáil's Communications Committee in the coming weeks.