Government plans to make it mandatory for restaurants to display calorie counts on menus will have a “devastating impact” on the industry, the Restaurant Association of Ireland has warned. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Government plans to make it mandatory for restaurants to display calorie counts on menus will have a “devastating impact” on the industry, the Restaur(...)

A protest march against water charges on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The year started off badly for Irish Water and got worse. Photograph: Eric Luke

JANUARY Irish Water’s chief executive, John Tierney, appeared before the Oireachtas environment committee and said his utility would spend (...)

The Restaurants Association has called for an urgent meeting with Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called for an urgent meeting with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar over a new rule requiring all menus to c(...)

 Seasonal pop-up: shoppers at the Christmas Market on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke 3:08

There is little evidence of Scrooge-like bad cheer at Dublin’s Christmas Market on St Stephen’s Green. As seasonal shoppers strolled among the (...)

The days of starving employees jostling over platters of cocktail sausages and vol-au-vents at the annual corporate Christmas party appear to be nearing an end

The days of starving employees jostling over platters of cocktail sausages and vol-au-vents at the annual corporate Christmas party appear to be neari(...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King is expected to argue that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan should withdraw the reduction in VAT from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent for the hospitality sector, “as the benefits have not been passed on to customers, employees or the exchequer”.

Ministers have urged employers in the hotel and restaurant sector to engage with unions as part of a reformed process for determining terms and condit(...)

The VAT rate for tourism-related services was reduced from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent in July 2011. Photograph: Joe St Leger

More than 21,600 direct jobs have been created in the food and accommodation sector since VAT was reduced to 9 per cent for tourism-related service(...)

Tourists in Dublin enjoy the Viking Splash tour.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Drinks and hospitality industry representatives have urged the Government to retain the special 9 per cent VAT rate on their services in the Budget an(...)

Westport, Co Mayo: The west, like other parts of Ireland, is enjoying an increase in overseas visitors, many of whom have been attracted to the Wild Atlantic Way which stretches from Donegal to Cork. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:09

At this moment, several foreign journalists are exploring the path of the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches from Donegal to Cork. They might encount(...)

New legislation in February 2011 made aggressive begging an offence liable for prosecution

Tourists dining “al fresco”are being harassed by aggressive beggars, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said.The association has support(...)