The Intoxicating Liquor Act, when introduced in 1927, said alcoholic drinks could not be sold on Christmas Day, Good Friday and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960 to accommodate visitors coming from overseas to celebrate the national holiday

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is set to cost the restaurant sector €15 million in revenue, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has cla(...)

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(...)

Representatives of business groups told the Oireachtas Justice Committee that aggressive begging had become more prevalent in the last 12 months and that additional garda resources were required to address the issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Citizens and visitors to Dublin are experiencing “a fear factor” when in the city as a result of a rise in the occurrence of aggressive begging, the O(...)

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(...)