Thursday 21 September 2017

WATCH: The restaurant owner - What are you hoping for in Budget 2017

Jane O'Faherty

A Dublin restaurant owner hopes to see a cut in excise duty on alcohol, which says makes her businesses uncompetitive.

Angela Rutledge co-owns three of the capital’s best-known cafes and restaurants.

Together with her sister Michelle Moloughney and her brother-in-law Liam Moloughney, she runs Woodstock in Phibsborough, Moloughney’s in Clontarf and Olive’s Room cafe in St Anne’s Park.

The group hired an extra 20 people this year.

But she admits that 2016 hasn’t been easy, with rising excise duty and staff costs.

Angela would also like the Government to address ever-rising rents in the capital, which she feels are forcing her qualified staff to leave.

But she hopes to see the States 9pc VAT rate stay, which she believes is critical to employment and industry.

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