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We’ve Been Supporting Hospitality Industry Since 1970

The Restaurants Association of Ireland was formed in 1970 with the initial goal of forming a strong lobby that would represent  the industry at Government level on issues of importance to the Irish restaurant industry.

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11pm Curfew for Restaurants – Body Blow to struggling sector

New Closing Times for Restaurants will make thousands of businesses unviable and place tens of thousands of jobs at risk.   Restaurants Association of Ireland seeking urgent meeting with Taoiseach   Following last...

Restaurants Association of Ireland reacts to July Stimulus Package

Restaurants Association of Ireland: “No decrease in Tourism VAT rate is a nail in the coffin for border Restaurant & Hospitality businesses competing with 5% rate in Northern Ireland”Restauranteurs – “July stimulus is cold comfort to thousands of Restaurant and...

Immediate reduction in Tourism and Hospitality VAT rate to 5% needed for restaurant survival.

Immediate inclusion on alcohol on sales in the 5% rate essentialUK has cut the reduced Value Added Tax on hospitality services from the current 20% standard rate to the reduced rate of 5%EU member states have also taken the decision to reduce their hospitality VAT...

50% of Restaurants face closure unless Government intervenes with Emergency Grant Aid Package

Report drafted by Jim Power Economics warns of high costs for the sector due to lack of supportsLandlords & Banks bearing down on Tourism & Hospitality SectorWe need #RestaurantSurvival The Restaurants Association of Ireland warn that up to 50% of...

Restaurants Association of Ireland express huge disappointment with lack of economic focus for Tourism in new Department realignment.

Exclusion of Tourism from standalone department to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector sends shockwaves across Restaurant BusinessesRAI look forward to working closely with Minister Catherine Martin T.D to rebuild and stabilise the...

“Reopening Your Hospitality Business – A Practical Guide” is now available.

The COVID-19 Booklet “Reopening Your Hospitality Business – A Practical Guide” is now live online and contains a foreword from Adrian Cummins, CEO of The Restaurants Association of Ireland. This is a living document and will be updated in accordance with the...

Restaurants Association of Ireland Welcome launch of Programme for Government

We eagerly await a full and comprehensive plan of supports & grants for the Tourism & Hospitality Sector The Restaurants Association of Ireland today welcomed the launch of the Programme for Government 2020 including initial measures around Tourism, SME...

President’s Report – June 2020

The weather has been absolutely glorious, and it is hard for one not to think what a season we would be having right now if it was not for this Pandemic. As the days and weeks go on, we are getting ever closer to our re-opening date and we have not received any...

Restaurants Association of Ireland call on Government to allow all Hospitality & Tourism Businesses reopen on Phase 3 – 29th June

CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland says all Hospitality & Tourism Sectors should be treated equally and allowed reopen on the 29th June under strict Public Health Guidelines The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called on the...

Watch the RAI’s 9-Point COVID Recovery Plan Video

In April, The Restaurants Association of Ireland launched its 9-point plan to help save and recover the restaurant industry. Watch the video below to find out more. https://youtu.be/g1b_pbO399A

President’s Report – May 2020

As we enter the 8th week of lock down it is fair to say that we as a nation have done a remarkable job in flattening the curve. An Taoiseach’s announcements on Friday has given clarity as to when our industry will reopen and when our recovery will begin which is...

Restaurants Association of Ireland Launch COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Plan.

9 out of 10 Restaurants face permanent closureRestaurants Association of Ireland Launch COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Plan: 9 Point Recovery Plan for the Irish Restaurant Sector.90% of Restaurants currently Closed in Ireland with 120,000 Jobs at Risk in the months ahead...

RAI Trade Members Compton Solicitors offer expert advice on: Covid 19: Restaurants operate as Takeaway

Emergency Legislation for Restaurants: An Emergency Exempted Development Act has been passed lifting planning restrictions to allow restaurant businesses adapt to the closure of their sit-in restaurant premises by operating as takeaway businesses. For the period of...

RAI Trade Members Compton Solicitors offer expert advice on: The Online Sale of Alcohol with Takeaway

Can your Restaurant sell alcohol online with takeaway service? Not all licences permit the sale of alcohol as part of the takeaway offering. The type of alcohol that can be offered will also be dependent on the type of Licence: i. Online Alcohol Sales with a Wine...

Restaurants Association of Ireland Launch COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Plan

9 out of 10 Restaurants face permanent closureRestaurants Association of Ireland Launch COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Plan: 9 Point Recovery Plan for the Irish Restaurant Sector.90% of Restaurants currently Closed in Ireland with 120,000 Jobs at Risk in the months ahead...

Restaurants Association of Ireland welcomes Government order for all Restaurants & Cafés to limit their supply to take away and deliveries only from midnight tonight due the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the Restaurants Association of Ireland, while the increase in measures is welcome, a bespoke hospitality aid package is required for our industry immediately Adrian Cummins, CEO of The Restaurants Association of Ireland, has welcomed the decision today by...

Immediate Business Supports needed to keep Restaurant & Tourism Sector afloat due to COVID-19

The Restaurants Association of Ireland call for an immediate reduction of the VAT rate to 9%, plus business supports, for a period of 6 months80% corporate booking cancellations due to COVID-19 The Restaurants Association of Ireland have today highlighted the need for...

Next Government Needs to be Pro Jobs, Pro Tourism and Pro Small Businesses

The Restaurants Association of Ireland Launches 2016 General Election Manifesto Next Government Needs to be Pro Jobs, Pro Tourism and Pro Small Businesses “The Restaurant Vote” The Restaurants Association of Ireland, today, launches its 2016 General Election...

President’s Report – August 2020

The past month has been a disappointing blow for us, we had been promised a ‘package of significant measure’ in the July Stimulus that would be a life line of support for our sector. Instead we have been given scraps. Scraps that have numerous conditions in order to...

Presidents Report – July 2020

As we reopen our doors, I am grateful to be in a position to do so and it would not have been possible without the sheer determination from our CMO Doctor Tony Holohan. I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Doctor Holohan and his wife Emer who is battling...

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