The Restaurants Association of Ireland has expressed ‘significant disappointment’ that tourism had not been included within an economic portfolio by the newly formed government, led by Fianna Fáile.

Adrian Cummins, CEO of Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “The Restaurants Association of Ireland is extremely disappointed that an industry such as tourism, that employs 265,000 people and contributes €9bn to the economy, has not been included within an Economic Ministry by the new Government.”

Adrian Cummins said: “The Programme for Government is very clear; tourism is one of Ireland’s most important economic sectors and the Government recognises its significance as a source of local employment and regional development. COVID 19 has had a devastating impact on tourism and the Government will, as a matter of urgency, set out how we will support the sector through the remainder of 2020.”

We expect the new Government to deliver on its commitment to our sector in the Programme for Government in the July Economic Stimulus.

“The restaurant & tourism industry has been hit hard by COVID 19 and the impact on our sector has had a decimating impact on every restaurant business across Ireland. The industry requires urgent, immediate and continued economic assistance, hence not being included within an economic or business portfolio is very disappointing.”

Adrian Cummins wished Catherine Martin T.D well in her role as Cabinet Minister for Media, Arts, Culture, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht and said the industry was looking forward to working with her.

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