The restaurants are seeking a declaration from the court that their policies cover them for losses caused by the lockdown. Photograph: iStock

About 25 restaurants have filed High Court proceedings against their insurers in relation to the losses they have incurred because of the coronavirus (...)

Customers are not staying away because drink is too expensive. Photograph: iStock

Anti-drink campaigners were quick out of the blocks this week to denounce tax cut campaigns by parts of the hospitality industry. Alcohol Action Irela(...)

The restaurants group argued that a VAT cut on pub drink from 23 to 9% was unrealistic, given the cost, and said lobbying should be focused elsewhere.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Serious tensions have emerged between groups representing restaurants and publicans over a campaign for tax cuts to save them from being overwhelmed b(...)

The last 106 days have had a devastating impact on the hospitality and tourism sector. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has been consistently lobbying the Government tirelessly for the past 17 weeks calling on them to put in place (...)

Bastion Restaurant: ‘We are keeping the 2m distance between tables to hopefully give guests confidence and to keep ourselves and our team safe,’ says Paul McDonald. Photograph: Denis Minihane

With just 10 days to go until restaurants are allowed to reopen, industry representatives have expressed concern at what they see as ambiguity in some(...)

Draft guidance was published earlier this month  based on businesses observing the two-metre distancing rule. Photograph: iStock

Guidelines detailing how restaurants can operate when they reopen at the end of the month are to be published by Fáilte Ireland on Friday morning. E(...)

Dundrum shopping centre reopens. Photograph: Tom Honan

A three-year “recovery fund” to finance infrastructure and worker retraining will be the centrepiece of a package of measures to stimulate the economy(...)

Social distancing: ‘For us 1m is the way we need to go, because we are already losing 40 per cent occupancy in the restaurant,’ says Nicole Jordan of Fire Steakhouse & Bar, in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

“We won’t be opening on June 29th, and it’s a really hard decision, because we have customers ringing up all the time saying they would like to book a(...)

A waiter holds a sanitiser at a restaurant in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Irish restaurants are set to reopen on June 29th. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

The hospitality industry has welcomed the publication of new guidelines on how it can reopen safely as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift, but som(...)

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. Water supplies for the greater Dublin area have dropped dramatically during the ‘driest spring since 1837’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hosepipe bans will become increasingly regular until Irish Water grasps the “nettle” of leakage from decaying pipes in Dublin city, a climate expert h(...)

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