FAQ’s

1. What is the RAI?

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.

2. Who does the RAI represent?

The RAI now represents in excess of 2,200 members with establishments representing fine dining, casual dining, ethnic, family, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants.

3. What is the profile of the other organisations supporting the ‘Keep VAT at 9%’ campaign?

The Keep VAT at 9% Campaign is supported by various bodies in the foodservice and tourism industry.

4. When was VAT on food in restaurants reduced to 9%?

The VAT on food in restaurants was reduced on 1st July 2011.

5. Why was VAT reduced to 9%?

The VAT rate was reduced from 13.5% to 9% as part of the Government Jobs Initiative to help stimulate the food and tourism industry and to boost employment in these sectors.

6. If 9% is a reduction, what was the previous rate?

The previous rate of VAT was 13.5%

7. How do I get involved in this campaign?

You can get involved in this campaign by pledging your support here and lobby your local politician here.

8. Where can I get flyers/posters?

We are currently updating our marketing materials for 2017 – please contact us on 01 677 9901 or email events@rai.ie and we’ll put you on the distribution list as soon as all materials are ready.

9. What can I do in my local area?

You can set up a local campaign group in your area and download all information needed to do so here. Encourage fellow restaurants, food outlets, tourism operators, hotels, suppliers, farmers and more to get involved and pledge their support. Lobby your local politicians here

10. I want to lobby my local representatives.

To lobby your local politician you can do so online here.