I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with members from the Restaurant Association of Ireland at their briefing last week. They outlined the current issues and challenges they have among the members and how they vary from the Restaurant to the Hotel business.

A big issue for the Association is the VAT rate in the upcoming budget. They are looking to have a different VAT rate applied for the Restaurant and Hotel business in an effort to protect jobs in the Restaraunt business, which seen a reduction in their business over the last year since the VAT rate was increased.