ABOUT US

Where It All Began

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. 

Nine branches were formed around the country, all of which still exist today. The Association’s efforts in 1986 to get VAT reduced from 25% to 10% and again in 2013 to maintain the VAT at 9% was the result of the expert lobbying of a group of dedicated restaurateurs on behalf of themselves and their colleagues. Such successes have been repeated over the years, particularly in the areas of taxation, licensing, standards, curriculum development both at Irish Government level and also at European level.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland now represents in excess of 2,500 members, with establishments representing full service restaurants, coffees shops, hotel restaurants, gastropubs, golf clubs and cookery schools. We also have over 100 trade partners, businesses that are our approved suppliers of products and services for restaurants.

In the Spotlight

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How Your Restaurant Can

Benefit From Our Work

Lobbying

Many members feel strongly about legislative matters, but feel powerless in addressing concerns to the relevant authorities. We facilitate lobbying efforts on legislative issues.

Financial

The financial benefits are numerous- discounts on utilities, restaurant and health insurance, merchant services, telecommunications providers, IMRO and PPI.

Networking

Networking with colleagues in a friendly and informative way, either at local or national level, is vital in the foodservice industry.  We have nine branches, representing all corners of the country.

Training

Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet provide a range of courses to suit everyone’s needs. Group and individual training available.

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Advice

We provide experienced, professional advice on a daily basis- all just a phone-call or email away.

Awards

The Irish Restaurant Awards take place each year, with members of the public voting for their favourite establishment. There are four regional semi-final events, culminating in a grand finale awards event.

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