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The Sligo-based former president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland says a reduction in the VAT rate would be far more beneficial to restaurants than the introduction of a refund or subsidy voucher scheme for meals. Anthony Gray, who owns and operates Una Bhan and Hooked restaurants in Sligo, also…

A local TD is calling for the VAT rate in the hospitality sector to be reduced to 0%. Independent Sligo/Leitrim TD, Marian Harkin, raised the issue in the Dail earlier this week with Minister of State, Brendan Griffin, who agreed with the idea. She highlighted the fact that 40,000 jobs…

A Donegal Councillor is calling for the VAT Rate to be reverted to 9% for the hotel, restaurant and tourism sectors. The rate was temporarily reduced to 9% from 2011 to 2017 where it cost the exchequer an estimated €2.6b in revenue. Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Naughton raised the issue…

A Donegal hotelier says hotels and guesthouses in the county are being particularly hit by Brexit. Paul Diver, chairman of the Donegal branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, says uncertainty about Brexit poses a real threat to the region’s tourism industry, which supports 1,800 jobs in Donegal and contributes €184m…