There is cross party political support to keep VAT at 9% and help promote growth in the tourism industry.
The ‘Keep VAT at 9%’ campaign is spearheaded by the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the regional launch of the campaign took place at Cafe Sol on Monday.
“This campaign is at the very hear of the restaurant sector. Not only does the reduced VAT rate have a positive impact on business, it benefits the nation as a whole. Keeping VAT at 9% is great for the food sector, but it’s great for tourism, great for farmers, for suppliers and for jobs,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins.
Deputy Ann Phelan (Labour) said that she had asked the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar to maintain the 9% reduction for one more year. Cllr John Coonan (Fianna Fail) also called on restaurants to keep prices down and to pass on the reduction to the customer.
Cllr Sean O hArgain (Labour) said that it is important that the consumer knows that the reduction is being passed on. “It is demonstrably clear that the reduction to 9% has worked and will continue to work,” he said.
Cllr Catherine Connery (Fine Gael) added her support to the campaign and said that those in the industry need to focus on the quality of food.