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(...)

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI)said the  appeal was just that - nothing has changed with regard to the law allowing off-premises trade. Photograph: iStock

Publicans were warned to “forget about takeaway pints” by Taoiseach Micheál Martin who said their sale encouraged social gatherings at odds with sweep(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly plans to bring proposals to Cabinet on Tuesday to ban takeaway sales from pubs for the remainder of the Level 5 lockdown. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly plans to bring proposals to Cabinet on Tuesday to ban takeaway sales from pubs for the remainder of the Level 5 l(...)

Publicans in Dublin have reacted angrily to the news they will have to further delay reopening their drink-only establishments. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Publicans in Dublin have reacted angrily to the news they will have to further delay reopening their drink-only establishments while such pubs in ever(...)

Given the ban on bar counter seating, some small pubs may not be able to guarantee even one metre physical distancing between customers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Tuesday, Cabinet gave the green light for all so-called “wet pubs” (pubs which do not serve food) to reopen from September 21st, seven months after(...)

A protest by members of the Licenced Vintners Association(LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) outside the  Dáil to protest over the delayed  reopening of pubs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has decided that so called “wet” pubs will reopen on September 21st and the date will not be subject to any change or further delays. At (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “The Government has no interest in knowing what people are eating.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government expects to reopen all pubs by the middle of this month, and is finalising a new set of guidelines to be shared with publicans’ organisa(...)

Hotel Doolin, Co Clare. Photograph: Facebook

A Co Clare hotel manager has said the Government is “obsessed” with the hospitality industry and described the latest rules requiring records of the m(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry hit out at what he described as “Stasi” guidelines for pubs serving food. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that there will be no additional administrative burden on pubs and restaurants under the temporary measu(...)

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