About the Restaurants Association of Ireland

RAILogoFounded in 1970, the Restaurants Association of Ireland is the professional body of the Irish Restaurant Industry. The primary functions of the Association are to promote and defend the interests of its members.

The Irish Restaurant Industry employs 72,000 people and contributes €4 billion to the Irish economy each year. The RAI now represents in excess of 2,200 members with establishments representing fine dining, casual dining, ethnic, family, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is officially recognised by Government and state agencies as representing the industry, and serves as the voice for restaurants with both local and national government. It is frequently called on to give the industry view and to participate in a wide range of bodies set up to consider future policy and/or legislation.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland promotes the use of Irish Artisan Producers and buying locally.

We also assist members in achieving higher standards of excellence.

We organise and promote the annual Irish Restaurant Awards, Ireland’s premier restaurant event – www.irishrestaurantawards.com

Through the RAI National Council, your area has a local restaurateur who is a representative voice for your issues. Through our branch network local issues are discussed an acted on.

In conjunction with Trade partners the Association provides information on the availability of products and services related to the restaurant industry as well many savings through affinity schemes. The Association currently has over 100 Patrons and Trade Partners.