Tuesday 25 October 2016

Good Friday to cost restaurant industry €25m this year

Published 22/01/2016 | 10:56

RAI chief Adrian Cummins
RAI chief Adrian Cummins

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday could cost the restaurant industry as much as €25m nationally, with Easter Rising celebrations and Ireland's home friendly against Switzerland heightening the overall figure.

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According to the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) the industry are set to face a huge loss similar to a full Bank Holiday weekend of sales, while the Government may miss out on €6m in taxes.

The restaurant representative body came to the figure by taking the average turnover of a Bank Holiday weekend and multiplying by the 2,500 restaurants affected across the country.

Speaking about the ban, chief executive officer of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said that the law is not just affecting Ireland's toruism brand abroad but also impinging on internal business also.

“This law affects more than just the diners who want a drink, it affects thousands of restaurant employees on a busy weekend when restaurants simply won’t open. It is unacceptable to have this archaic ban in place on religious grounds, especially in the multi-cultural and multi-religious society that Ireland has become.

The RAI says that between the 1916 celebrations and the international friendly, Ireland is expected to draw in 250,000 visitors to Ireland.

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