Press releases




Pubs being treated as political scapegoats and today’s decision will likely be the final call for many Dublin businesses – Drinks Ireland

21/09/2020

Pubs being treated as political scapegoats and today’s decision will likely be the final call for many Dublin businesses – Drinks Ireland Drinks Ireland says decision by Cabinet to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector is: · Ineffective – the ...

Proposal to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector ‘ineffective, unfair and totally out of step with the rest of the country and the EU’

18/09/2020

Proposal to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector ‘ineffective, unfair and totally out of step with the rest of the country and the EU’ It would mean that Dublin’s wet pubs are never even given a chance to reopen safely and sustainably – Drin ...

Three major drinks companies in Ireland criticise decision to keep Dublin wet pubs shut

16/09/2020

Three major drinks companies in Ireland criticise decision to keep Dublin wet pubs shut 16th September 2020 – Three of Ireland’s major drinks companies, which are members of Drinks Ireland, the Ibec trade group that represents Ireland’s drinks manufact ...

Fourth time not a charm – yet another false start for Dublin pubs

15/09/2020

Fourth time not a charm – yet another false start for Dublin pubs  Dublin pubs being treated unfairly and disproportionately – Drinks Ireland It’s time for #OpeningTime 15th September 2020 - Dublin pubs that don’t serve food, or ‘wet pubs’, should b ...

New Drumshanbo visitor experience offers timely boost to Irish whiskey tourism

10/09/2020

New Drumshanbo visitor experience offers timely boost to Irish whiskey tourism Industry aiming to bounce back following major loss in visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2020 - Despite a tough year, Irish whiskey tourism is looking to the future wit ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes coming into force of EU-Vietnam trade agreement

04/08/2020

Irish whiskey industry welcomes coming into force of EU-Vietnam trade agreement - Association calls on new Government to continue to support future EU trade agreements - Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the new EU-Vietnam Free Trade A ...

Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey highlights importance of domestic tourism as Irish whiskey distilleries heavily impacted by collapse in international tourism

17/07/2020

Thursday, 16th July 2020 Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey highlights importance of domestic tourism as Irish whiskey distilleries heavily impacted by collapse in international tourism IrishWhiskey360° campaign urges tourists to ‘get back into the spirit’ by ...

Drinks industry rejects Central Bank comments and calls for VAT reduction on alcohol sales to deliver temporary and targeted boost to pubs

16/07/2020

Drinks industry rejects Central Bank comments and calls for VAT reduction on alcohol sales to deliver temporary and targeted boost to pubs ‘Evidence based decision making rather than opinion is required’ Makhlouf scepticism on VAT rate reduction fails t ...

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’

09/07/2020

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’ VAT cut would safeguard jobs in a sector dominated by young workers who will be disadvantaged as pubs reopen slowly ‘A reduction is the hospita ...

European directive gives government power to cut VAT on on-trade sales to support pubs

08/07/2020

Call on Minister for Finance to deliver support package for drinks and hospitality sector, including reduction in VAT on on-trade alcohol, in July stimulus as UK announce huge stimulus package – ‘Ireland needs to follow suit with creative and proactive ...

22,500 jobs at risk in drinks sector as pubs on track for 50% decline in business for the remainder of 2020 – DCU economist report

06/07/2020

Economist Anthony Foley authors report on impact of Covid-19 on the drinks industry and analyses the effect of a reduced VAT rate on on-trade alcohol sales Report concludes that consumer demand will be lower after lockdown due to higher unemployment and r ...

Reopening of the hospitality sector

06/07/2020

Reopening of the hospitality sector Make sure to #BeSound if you’re heading back to pubs, bars or restaurants this weekend Customers encouraged to Respect the Guidelines, Respect Each Other and Respect the Staff to ensure everyone has a great time and is ...

New Reopening with Respect campaign will welcome consumers back to pubs, bars and restaurants while urging them to #BeSound

26/06/2020

A new campaign, Reopening with Respect, was launched by Drinks Ireland today to encourage consumers to act respectfully and #BeSound when returning to their favourite pubs, bars and restaurants in the coming weeks. Drinks Ireland represents Irish drinks p ...

Irish Whiskey industry ready to bounce back after Covid-19 restrictions

14/05/2020

Irish whiskey industry backs calls for funding support to promote brands in key markets around the world ahead of World Whiskey Day - The Irish Whiskey industry is ready to bounce back when the Covid-19 restrictions are eased. That is the message from Dri ...

Irish Whiskey360° and Tourism Ireland to promote Irish whiskey tourism in the US and Canada

04/03/2020

IrishWhiskey360° and Tourism Ireland will launch a kick-off campaign to promote Irish whiskey tourism among US and Canadian media and incoming tour operators in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day. IrishWhiskey360° is Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey’s tourism- ...

Irish MEPs have chance to abolish 45% tariff on Irish whiskey in Vietnam

11/02/2020

“Anti-trade sentiments are on the rise, but now is not the time for our politicians to be voting down trade agreements that offer future growth.” - Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey Irish MEPs must support a vote to open up trade between Vietnam and Europe. ...

Irish whiskey industry calls on MEPs to support vote on EU-Vietnam trade agreement

07/02/2020

Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey is urging Irish MEPs to support the European Parliament vote on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which would see an elimination of the existing 45 per cent tariff on Irish whiskey. The representative body for the Iri ...

Drinks Ireland|Spirits and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting

31/01/2020

Drinks Ireland|Spirits and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting Irish Spirits and Scotch Whisky – new league table released ahead of Six Nations match 31st January 2020 - On the day of Brexit and ahead of the Six Nations mat ...

Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries exceed 1 million for first time

21/01/2020

Growth of 54% in visitor numbers over the past four years – Over one million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries and brand homes last year, the first time visitor numbers have exceeded the one-million mark. That’s according to Drinks Ireland | Iri ...

Drinks Ireland welcomes new €850,000 Government funding for research in brewing and distilling

13/12/2019

Drinks Ireland, the representative voice for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has welcomed news that €856,746 has been awarded to a new research project in brewing and distilling by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. The pro ...

Irish Whiskey industry welcomes historic EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications

05/11/2019

Association thanks Commissioner Phil Hogan as Irish whiskey secures protection in China for first time Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the new EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications (GI). The agreement, which ...