Media Coverage – December 2023
A total of 48 restaurants, cafés and food-led businesses across the country closed in November. The Restaurants Association of Ireland says its latest figures show that the hospitality industry is struggling to function with increased costs and reduced consumer demand. These recent closures add to the 140 food-led hospitality businesses that closed between July and October this year. Adrian Cummins, CEO of the RAI, says the busy Christmas period won’t save the industry.
The Government has been urged to extend the Debt Warehousing Scheme as new figures show more than 5,500 pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses still owe €280m in tax. Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) chief executive Adrian Cummins said the scheme’s expiration next year is ‘the big elephant in the room, economically, for our industry’.
A number of organisations in the tourism, hospitality and enterprise sectors – including the Restaurants Association of Ireland – have formed a coalition to seek action to address what they claim is the ongoing impact of a shortage of taxis around the country. The coalition has called for a whole of Government approach to address the issue.
Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive with The Restaurants Association of Ireland, joined The Last Word to discuss Ireland’s 12% increase in minimum wage, and the possible affect it will have on businesses.
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