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 2023

3.03 MB - May 30th, 2023

Pre-Budget Submission 2022

2.72 MB - May 30th, 2023


This website offers a wide range of informative and essential documents that cater to the diverse needs of the restaurant industry. These documents serve as valuable resources for restaurant owners, managers, and staff members.

Downloads available

Licensing Contribution 2022

254.53 KB - May 29th, 2023

Statutory Sick Pay Consultation Document Questionnaire

303.68 KB - May 29th, 2023

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