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Wetherspoon, whose cheap drink and food offers have proved popular in the UK, has been selling pints of Heineken lager and Murphy’s stout at prices around 40pc below the competition at its first Irish pub in Blackrock, Dublin.

The pub chain, which last year outlined plans for around 30 pubs in the Republic of Ireland, said today that Heineken had refused to supply Heineken lager, Ireland’s biggest selling draught beer, and Murphy’s to its second pub in Dun Laoghaire, due to open this month.

The spat is another blow for Wetherspoon’s Irish ambitions. The firm does not serve Guinness there either after a disagreement on price with drinks group Diageo.

Fun fact: Heineken? HEINEKEN? PABST BLUE RIBBON!

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