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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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Hospitality & Tourism Expo 2021: Reset & Recover – Tuesday 13th April 2021

The Hospitality & Tourism Expo 2021 taking place this April 13th, is set to be a significant aid in helping the Hospitality & Tourism sectors recover, with almost 2,500 attendees already registered. If you are a restaurant owner, pub...

President’s Report – April 2021

Welcome to your April newsletter,  I hope the Easter weekend was extremely busy for those that were offering a takeaway or delivery service and if not that the CRSS was of some assistance to cover fixed costs. There is a fine line between success and being a very busy...

Revised Living with COVID Plan – No Dates – No Metrics – No Plan – Lacking in Detail

Government announcement doesn’t go far enough - Restaurant & Hospitality Sector given no hope & no confidence. The Restaurant Association of Ireland has reacted with disappointment, dismay and concern to the Government’s latest announcement regarding the...

Statement from Restaurants Association of Ireland in advance of Government announcement today Tuesday 30th March

Restaurants and Hospitality Sector appeal to Government for Clear Roadmap to reopening with TimeLine, Metrics and specific percentage of population vaccinated, for the resumption of business in a viable format. It has been over one year since the restaurant and...

Greater Supports Needed for Survival of Sector – Media Coverage March 2021

https://twitter.com/VirginMediaNews/status/1374428230430552070?s=20 https://twitter.com/LMFMRADIO/status/1374378519946350598?s=20 https://twitter.com/VirginMediaNews/status/1374348958101766144?s=20 https://twitter.com/NewstalkFM/status/1374274844464971779?s=20...

President’s Report – March 2021

Welcome to your March newsletter,  After a very long and dark winter a touch of spring is in the air and we can look forward to brighter days ahead. It is hard to believe we are a full year into this pandemic. It has tested us to the very core and one word that...

Restaurants Association of Ireland Opening Statement 23rd March 2021- Joint Committee on Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht

Our CEO Adrian Cummins and President Mark McGowan spoke to the Joint Committee today on the Impact of Covid-19 on Hospitality Sector. Watch Back Here:...

New Recovery and Renewal 2021 – The Path Ahead Plan doesn’t give Restaurants or Hospitality a clear road map to reopening with specific dates and metrics

Government must now provide meaningful & appropriate financial supports for the survival of restaurants and hospitality businesses150,000 Hospitality workers require certainty regarding their jobs and when they can return to work. The Restaurants Association of...

President’s Report – February 2021

Welcome to your February newsletter,  January has been a difficult time for our industry, wet and gloomy weather has made things that bit more difficult. The good news is today is the first day of spring and we have brighter days ahead. I would like to open...

President’s Report – January 2021

Welcome to your January newsletter,  I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. 2021 will be a year of, hope and recovery and I am writing this newsletter cautiously optimistic about the coming year simply because it can never be as bad as what we all...

Compton Solicitors Summary of the Failte Ireland Guidelines for Reopening

Compton Solicitors have put together the following summary of the most recent Failte Ireland Guidelines for Reopening - this useful guide condensing the restrictions into 2 pages can be found here

President’s Report – December 2020

Welcome to your December newsletter. I am delighted to be writing this newsletter with our industry reopened rather than closed. We had an extremely difficult year and although it will be impossible to recoup the losses accumulated since March at least we can finish...

Safe Dining – Safe Restaurants – Safe Christmas

Restaurants Association of Ireland urges all restaurants, cafés and gastropubs reopening this Friday 4th December to abide by public health guidelines. The Restaurants Association of Ireland has today urged all restaurants, cafés and gastropubs reopening this Friday...

Statement on Reopening Friday 4th December

The Restaurants Association of Ireland welcomes the decision announced this evening by Taoiseach Micheál Martin that restaurants, cafés and gastropubs will reopen for indoor dining on Friday 4th December. Speaking about the announcement this evening, CEO of the...

Restaurants and indoor dining key to safe, regulated, controlled environment for public socialising in December and Christmas

Irish Taxpayer / Exchequer to lose €250 Million if Restaurant Sector remains closed for indoor dining in DecemberDecember accounts for 30% of Restaurants Annual turnover Restaurants Association of Ireland today is calling on the Government to permit indoor dining in...

Presidents Report – November 2020

Welcome to your November newsletter,  As we enter the third week of level 5 restrictions and the rest of Europe follows suit, it seems likely that the level will only be reduced to level three restrictions. Outdoor dining is simply not an option for us and so a...

Restaurants Association of Ireland describe Budget 2021 as “a step in the right direction towards saving the industry”

Restaurants Association of Ireland describe Budget 2021 as “a step in the right direction towards saving the industry” Hospitality VAT reduction welcomed toward saving the Hospitality IndustryDisappointing that both employment wage supports schemes EWSS and PUP rates...

Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Sentiment Survey 2020 – Impact of COVID-19

Full Survey Can be viewed here Crowe Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Sentiment Survey captures outlook of Ireland’s hospitality sector ahead of Budget 2021 Revenues for Q3 2020 were down 37% on 2019 while Q4 2020 is expected to be down 41% on 20192021 revenues are...

“Christmas Season must be saved” Restaurant Owners appeal to Government

Restaurants Association of Ireland calls for actual plan for living with COVID 19180,000 Hospitality employees in state of desperate uncertainty about their livelihoodsLevel 3 was essentially a closure order to restaurants & hospitality businesses across Ireland...

President’s Report – October 2020

Welcome to your October newsletter,  I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to our industry colleagues in Donegal & Dublin that have entered a second lockdown. Our CEO has sought moratorium extensions and specific lockdown county support to those businesses...

President’s Report – September 2020

Welcome to your September newsletter,  I feel some sense of normality taking communion and confirmation bookings and I personally am delighted to see children going back to school which is a credit to government planning and more importantly to the teachers that have...

Restaurants Association of Ireland launches Pre-Budget Submission 2021

Rebuilding & Supporting Ireland’s Restaurant & Hospitality Sector Wage Supports – return to TWSS rates on a sectoral basis. Qualifying period full year 2020 compared to 2019. Inclusion of employees earning less than €151.50Commercial Rents – establish a forum...

Clarification Regarding New Guidelines For Restaurants

The Government Information Service issued further clarification late last night (Tuesday 3rd September) regarding new Guidelines for Restaurant The Restaurants Association of Ireland are in direct contact with the highest level of Government, highlighting the issues...

Greed Driven Commercial Landlords seem oblivious to Ireland’s economic crisis

Government need to immediately introduce a code of practice and fast track arbitration for distressed commercial tenants Greed Driven Landlords are placing hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs at risk across IrelandLandlords need to reduce commercial rent in...

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...

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The priority for the Restaurants Association of Ireland is a clear roadmap for reopening and continued supports!

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