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(...)

Brian Mayer: “Thanks to the honest feedback we have received from the restaurant industry and the tech community, we have decided to change our model to share revenue with the restaurants.”

ReservationHop, a San Francisco start-up, which has faced increasing criticism over its concept of bidding for restaurant reservations has been defend(...)

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called for an end to the Good Friday alcohol ban, which was causing unjustifiable “suffering” to busines(...)

 Pictured at the launch of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland free online MenuCal calorie calculator were  Minister for HealthJames Reilly with Dr Mary Flynn, Chief Specialist: Public Health Nutrition, FSAI and Noel Marrey a chef at the Bracken  Court Hotel. Photograph:Jason Clarke

The Food Safety Authority has developed a new online calorie calculator to enable food businesses to calculate the calorie content of the meals(...)

Chef Rene Redzepi in his Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Denmark was not known for its food before the success of the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, but now people were flying from all over the world to eat there, the Restaurants Association of Ireland’s annual conference in Dublin heard yesterday.

Denmark was not known for its food before the success of the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, but now people were flying from al(...)

Restaurant Association of Ireland chief executive Adrian Cummins said it was easy for chains of coffee shops and fast-food outlets to display  calorie counts  because they generally had set menus.

More than three-quarters of fast-food outlets have now put calorie menu labelling in place, according to the Department of Health. However, restaurant(...)