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(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘Your collective efforts have saved thousands of lives.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced the lifting of almost all Covid-19 restrictions telling the Irish people they responded when hit by an unpreced(...)

Padruig O’Sullivan, proprietor of The Beaufort Bar, Beaufort, Co Kerry. ‘Retired people were asking last night what is in front of them this Christmas and are they to be locked into their own homes?’ Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Rural publicans have been left “totally in a heap” after news of the introduction of a more strict curfew for the hospitality industry broke on Friday(...)

 Restaurant Association of Ireland chief executive Adrian Cummins said that a proposal for a 5pm closure of hospitality amounts to ‘a lockdown of the sector’. Photograph: Tom Honan

The hospitality industry has reacted with fury to reports that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has recommended pubs and restaurants (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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