The busiest day for off-licences in Ireland is Holy Thursday. Wonder why.

1 – The ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday is 89 years old this year. The Intoxicating Liquor Act, was introduced in 1927 and it prohibited the(...)

Irish Hotels Federation  president Stephen McNally said: “What I’ve noticed most this year is that confidence has improved generally, whether it’s Christmas parties, lunches or Christmas dinner.”  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hotels opening for Christmas lunch and dinner have seen “strong” bookings this year, the Irish Hotels Federation said. IHF president Stephen McNally(...)

Views on being sought on  legislative changes that would mean all restaurants would have to publish comprehensive details of the calories of the food they serve.

Views are being sought from the public and food businesses about legislation that will make calorie counts on restaurant menus mandatory. Under the le(...)

Eccentric Austrian chocolatier Josef Zotter who has launched a chocolate bar containing pig’s blood

1. Bloody chocolate David Cameron isn’t the only one getting into hot water for his porcine peccadilloes. Austrian chocolatier Josef Zotter is k(...)

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(...)