Restaurant Asscioation of Ireland

Founded in 1970, the Restaurants Association of Ireland is the professional body of the Irish Restaurant Industry, with its primary function being to promote and defend the interests of its 1,900 members. The Irish Restaurant Industry employs 72,000 people and contributes €2 billion to the Irish economy each year.

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.

Recent campaign efforts from the RAI include the ‘Keep VAT at 9%’ campaign, whereby the Association is lobbying Government to retain the VAT on food, tourism and hospitality services at 9% in the upcoming budget. See and for more info.