According to Fáilte Ireland, hotels and tourism businesses near the border have already suffered a 30 per cent downturn in business as a result of the fall in the value of sterling and the general uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: iStock
Bracing for Brexit

While opinions differ on the price impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland’s tourism industry, there is general agreement that it will be bad news. Acco(...)

“You could do short courses in waiting, bar tending and so on and they were very valuable. That’s contributing to the skills shortages faced by the industry now.” Photograph: iStock

According to the Government’s Hospitality Skills Oversight Group, the hospitality sector is one of the largest employers in the Irish economy, employi(...)

A total of 76 per cent, when asked who the perpetrator was, said it was ‘someone in a position of power – the chef, the owner, the manager’.  Photograph: iStock

A “culture of ill-treatment within the hospitality sector” includes widespread sexual harassment, bullying and verbal abuse, an Oireachtas Committee h(...)

AA Ireland was highly criticial of the increase in carbon tax

There was a cautious welcome from business groups to Budget 2020 with a hike in commercial stamp duty going down badly along with an increase in the c(...)

An industry representative said Minister for Tourism Shane Ross had ‘failed again’ for not getting last year’s VAT move reversed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Confusion reigned over the Government’s budget measures for tourism, with the industry critical of the failure to reinstate its special VAT rate and i(...)

Steak-lovers may find their options reduced from next week.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has warned that Irish restaurants could run out of beef next week because of the ongoing dispute between (...)

Julia Marciniak, who was a waitress at the Ivy restaurant in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Brendan Ogle calls me Rosa Luxemburg, ” says Julia Marciniak. As a waiter at Dublin’s Ivy restaurant, Marciniak recently found herself in the midst o(...)

Liam Edwards, owner of Jim Edwards restaurant, Kinsale, Co Cork. “I’m seeing restaurants closing a few days a week because they don’t have the staff or they’re trying to keep them fresh,” he says. Photograph: Provision

Liam Edwards normally works front of house at his seafood restaurant in Kinsale, Co Cork. But for the past three months he has been full-time in the (...)

Gluten-free living: Mina Campbell was seven when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease

Our daughter never enjoyed sandwiches. We all used to roll our eyes when Mina would, from the age of about three, eat the cheese but throw away the br(...)

Loam in Galway, winner of the restaurant of the year at the RAI awards

Loam, a Michelin-starred dining room and wine bar  in Galway city, is Ireland’s restaurant of the year 2019. The restaurant, which opened in 2014(...)

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