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There’s a warning that a new found momentum in the North West hospitality industry could be thrown into jeopardy should the Government increase VAT rates in September.   The comments were made by Chairman of the Donegal branch of the Irish Hotels Federation Paul Diver who is also the owner…

A Donegal County Councillor and Hotel Manager is warning of serious challenges facing the Tourism and Hospitality sectors in relation to attracting staff to work in the sector.   There are currently an estimated 40 thousand vacancies across the tourism sector. New Fáilte Ireland research reveals many businesses have cut…

A Sligo restaurateur says the government need a plan going forward ahead of Ministers set to approve a number of changes to the Covid testing regime and rules around close contacts this morning. The Chief Medical Officer has recommended getting rid of the five day isolation period for close contacts…

A Leitrim Councillor is calling on the government to reintroduce hospitality grants for business in the sector that are still trading in the summer of 2022. Cllr Enda McGloin will table a motion on the issue at today’s meeting of Leitrim County Council. He is also looking for a breakdown…

A local publican says the difference in restrictions between the Republic and Northern Ireland will result in those living locally travelling to NI to avail of the less severe hospitality restrictions. It’s being claimed that people crossing the border to go clubbing is part of the reason the Northern Executive…

The National public Health Emergency Team has recommended pubs and restaurants close at 5pm as soon as possible, as the Omicron variant spreads here.   They’ve also called for indoor and outdoor events to be capped at a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.   But they haven’t recommended the…

Local representatives from the hospitality sector are urging the government to use ‘a common sense approach’ when it comes to providing supports to business in the entertainment and hospitality sectors  impacted by the latest Covid 19 restrictions.   Hospitality groups will meet with the Tánaiste and Minister for Tourism later…