Christine Bleakley at Rossnowlagh on the Wild Atlantic Way for TV programme Wild Ireland. Photograph: Big Mountain Productions

A senior official with State tourism body Fáilte Ireland has warned against overstating the negative impact of high alcohol prices on tourism. Paul K(...)

Chefs Rodney Doyle and Derek O’Brien in the School of Food training kitchen in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Moore

School of Food, the community led educational food hub in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, is addressing the staffing crisis facing the restaurant trade with (...)

The only slight decrease for agriculture was at IT Tralee. Photograph: Eric Luke

While demand for honours degrees in agricultural science decreased unexpectedly this year, points increased almost across the board for Level 6 and(...)

Chef John Wyer in the kitchen at Forest Avenue. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Restaurant owners spent the recession years trying to attract customers. Now they have an additional problem: a shortage of chefs has reached “crisis (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

‘Let’s not forget how seasonal this business is. Given the still fragile nature of Ireland’s recovery and the difficult environment in which the restaurant sector still finds itself.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland I am also a restaurant owner in Sligo and an employer of 34 people. I’m very passionate about e(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Dining al fresco. The Restaurants Association of Ireland has criticised the fees charged by Dublin City Council for outdoor seating. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Spare a thought for the Dublin restaurant owner the next time you are enjoying a drink on one of their outdoor terraces. The capital’s restaurateurs (...)

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has won the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has been chosen as the best restaurant in the country. The restaurant, the only eaterie i(...)

Stephen Gibson of Pichet restaurant will be cooking the main course for 800 diners at the RAI Irish Restaurant Awards

Sometimes chefs get a call to cook for royalty, for stars of the big screen, for key influencers, and this recognition of their talent is a career def(...)