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(...)

Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the RAI, said ‘our reading of it is that hospitality won’t be touched, just retail’. Photograph: iStock

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said it does not believe that the hospitality sector will be affected by new Government restrictions (...)

 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(...)

JP McMahon in his Michelin-starred Galway restaurant Ainar: “I’m just too tired of all this uncertainty.”  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“I’m devastated. I couldn’t sleep last night. We still owe Revenue from before the first lockdown and with rent due on all three premises, I don’t kno(...)

‘There were five bookings in total which were no-shows, which included 18 customers. They were all confirmed on the day,’ says Damien Quinn of Sussex restaurant on Dublin’s  Leeson Street Upper

A Dublin restaurant owner has said he has had to introduce a deposit policy for bookings after 18 customers did not show up for appointed slots on Fri(...)

Publicans say it is better to have people in pubs than attending house parties. Photograph: iStock

The December trading period is like a “life buoy” for hospitality businesses, representatives have said, as they called on the Government to allow the(...)

All non-essential retail outlets are currently  closed under Level 5 restrictions and pubs and restaurants can only offer takeaway services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More than 470 hospitality and events firms have signed an open letter to Taoiseach Micheal Martin, calling for a reopening of the economy next month a(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the  nation at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Julien Behal/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Government has announced Level 5 restrictions across the State for six weeks from Wednesday night/ Thursday morning at midnight until December 1st(...)

 An empty Temple Bar in Dublin at midday on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Financial consulting firm Crowe has called for the Government to devise a medium-term support plan for the decimated restaurant industry instead of re(...)

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Irish businesses have reacted with anger and confusion to the news that the Government is considering a return to full lockdown in order to try and ge(...)

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