Hospitality businesses have been closed for much of the last 22 months and have borne the worst of the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The announcement that Covid-19 restrictions on hospitality will be lifted from 6am on Saturday has been welcomed with relief and joy within the indust(...)

Mark McGowan and Glenn McGowan, directors of Scholars Townhouse Hotel in Drogheda. As of this week,  the hotel’s restaurant has been notified of some 2,500 cancellations

Fresh restrictions on hospitality businesses come into force on Tuesday, and one publicans’ group has said some in the sector are concerned that these(...)

Sligo  businessman says he already had some cancellations because people were “spooked” by the rising Covid numbers, rather than because of the latest Government decision. Photograph: Getty Images

The late night hospitality sector is braced for “pain” following the announcement by the Government that closing time for pubs, restaurants and nightc(...)

More than 44,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland in the last 14 days. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A further 3,578 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State. As of 8am on Tuesday, there 520 people in the country’s hospitals with the viru(...)

People queue outside Copper Face jacks on Harcourt Street as nightclubs reopened in Dublin last weekend. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Weren’t the clubs open last week. What’s changed? Many nightclubs did open for the first time since the start of the pandemic and those that did appe(...)

The DJ plays as people dance in Tramline nightclub on  D’Olier Street as nightclubs reopened in Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Nightclubs and similar venues reopened on Friday night for the first time in 19 months. However, guidelines for this latest phase of reopening have on(...)

Pubs with live music will not be subjected to new guidelines around ticketing, it has emerged. Photograph: iStock

Pubs with live music will not be subjected to new guidelines around ticketing, it has emerged. The Government has defended new requirements which wou(...)

All events and nightclubs must be fully ticketed from next week. Photograph: Karl Magee

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended a new Government requirement which would see all live music events and late-night hospitality ticketed, claiming(...)

Licensed Vintners’ Association chief executive Donal O’Keefe described the new measures as ‘discriminatory’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney

Industry groups representing restaurants and pubs have voiced concerns about aspects of the Government’s reopening plan for indoor dining. Under the (...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “We don’t want to divide society. We want to protect people.”

The Government is facing mounting internal and external resistance to plans to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality and only allow fully vaccinat(...)

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