Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. The Irish Hotels Federation said the 9 per cent tourism VAT rate was ‘one of the most successful job creation initiatives in modern times’.

Retention of the special 9 per cent tourism VAT rate has been welcomed by the restaurants and hotels sectors, who described it as vital to sustaining (...)

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(...)

Overseas tourist numbers were up 10 per cent in the second half of the year.

One of the problems with introducing State aid measures to help struggling industries navigate bad times is that when things improve, the measures can(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar says he has “absolute confidence” in Alan Shatter. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter told the Dáil he was unaware of Garda phone tapping before Monday evening. He said he only received the lette(...)