Presidents Introduction – September

Paul Simon sang there’s 50 ways to leave your lover, the government have close on 50,000 ways to keep the VAT rate at 9% – it’s called Jobs and continuing growth within this sector. The government must maintain it for the tourism industry throughout this country as it is vital for…

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Presidents Update August 2016

I hope the season is going really well. Tourist numbers are up and I do hope they are eating out and keeping your establishments busy this summer despite one day of beautiful bliss. On a slightly different note we have had a really busy month with two major issues dominating…

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Foodie Destinations 2016

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is on the search for Ireland’s top Foodie Destination for 2016. Formerly known as Foodie Towns, the initiative was formed as part of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2014 but proved to be so popular it became its own entity in 2015. Our aim is to…

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Presidents Introduction – July

Britain gone from Europe twice in one week – now that’s a headline! The Irish hospitality industry remains in very uncertain ground about what impact the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have on their business. In both the short and long term, this decision will undoubtedly bring turmoil.…

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Brexit Huge Blow to Irish Tourism

The Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO, Adrian Cummins, has expressed disappointment at the outcome of the UK referendum reiterating the need for the Irish Government to immediately take urgent steps to allay the concerns for the Restaurant and Tourism sector about the implications of this vote. He stated, “The outcome…

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Neven Maguire Honoured With Prestigious Award

Neven Maguire Honoured With Prestigious Award Tuesday, 7th June 2016, Dublin The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is delighted to announce that Neven Maguire of MacNean House & Restaurant was awarded the 2016 ‘Mike Butt Award’. The Restaurants Association of Ireland ‘Mike Butt Award’ is presented to individuals in honour…

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