Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For a decade, Niall Rochford has been in charge at Ashford Castle, dealing with countless tricky situations with the grace and mild-mannered diplomacy(...)

A deserted Grafton Street: the rate of new infections is seemingly stuck at  about  500 cases per day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Pressure is building once again in retail and, especially, the hospitality sector for guidance from Government on when businesses may be able to reope(...)

The EU has proposed  introducing documents that would allow EU citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel freely within the 27-nation bloc by summer. File photograph: Xurxo Lobato/Getty Images

The decision by the European Commission to back the creation of a Covid-19 certificate to allow EU citizens travel to other member states without the (...)

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government has been urged to replace a poorly received tourism tax break with “consumer friendly” vouchers. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederat(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan have both said foreign travel might be off the cards for most of 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

Right now, with Level 5 lockdown restrictions limiting people to travelling 5km from their front doors, the prospects of a holiday anywhere seem remot(...)

“In a normal year about 75%  of the revenue for the tourism economy actually comes from the international tourists.” Photograph: Getty Images

Domestic customers alone will not be enough to sustain Ireland’s tourism businesses, industry figures have warned, and the viability of many could be (...)

Aashim Bajaj, Cinnamon Garden Restaurant: ‘The impact of this third lockdown is undeniable.’

‘Opening and closing a business is not easy’ Aashim Bajaj, The Cinnamon Garden, Co Meath Laying off people who have stood by me for years is a hard t(...)

Leo Varadkar: he  said he knew businesses wanted certainty, which he could not offer, so the best thing for them to do was to plan “that this will be a three-month period”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has advised businesses that are closed at present to plan to remain closed for the first quarter of this year. The overriding o(...)

 Yamamori restaurant on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, closed during April 2020. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As ministers prepare to announce fresh anti-virus restrictions for the hospitality sector, representatives of the industry say they will accept a long(...)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control changed Ireland’s colour status to ‘orange’ on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A reduction in coronavirus infections has lowered the State to the safer “orange” classification from “red” under the EU’s traffic-light system for in(...)

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