Richard Jacob, the owner of the Idaho Cafe on Caroline Street, said: “A Minister, who is supposed to represent tourism, is not doing that if he allows this to happen.
Mr Jacob said: “For us as a small café, this is an unfair tax on top of other unfair taxes. It is a tax on our customers. You have paid your PAYE, your USC, your PRSI. Then you walk into a café and have to give another 4.5% to the Government — because they can. Instead of addressing waste, they just say they will hit the ordinary people of Ireland.”
Michael O’Donovan, of The Castle Inn — who is Cork Secretary of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland — also questioned Minister Ross’s position.