Working for you to represent the hopitality industry at all levels

Representing, Assisting and Informing the Restaurant and Hospitality industry since 1970

Established in 1970 by a group of independent restaurateurs, the Restaurants Association of Ireland was founded with the aim of representing restaurants, a vital section of small business in Ireland and a significant element of Ireland’s tourism offering. To this day the Association continues to Represent, Assist and Inform; restaurant, café, gastropub and hotel restaurant members at a local and national level.

We continuously lobby for change in regulations, legislation, education and training to help the industry to grow and prosper. We ensure the voices of our 3,000 members are heard and represented. Through membership of HOTREC, the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes in European, the Restaurants Association of Ireland also ensures members and the entire hospitality sector of Ireland is represented at a European level.

Pre budget submissions

As the recognised representative body for Restaurants and hospitality in Ireland the Association is often invited to make submissions to government consultations for proposed changes in the law. We also contribute to yearly consultations such as the; Work Permits Consultation and Low Pay Commission Consultation. We regularly draft reports and recommendations and submit to government on issues concerning the sector.

Downloads available

Pre-Budget Submission 2024

5.03 MB - September 1st, 2023

Pre-Budget Submission 2023

3.03 MB - May 30th, 2023


This section includes the Restaurants Association of Ireland’s most recent lobbying submissions. These submissions typically include research studies, economic impacts, public opinion surveys, and other evidence demonstrating the need for particular policies. The goal is to create shared understanding between citizens, the government, and the industry in order to develop responsible regulation that benefits all parties.

Downloads available

The Economic Case for the Retention of the 9% Hospitality Vat Rate

560.96 KB - August 10th, 2023

Licensing Contribution 2022

254.53 KB - May 29th, 2023

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