Neale Richmond on splitting food Vat rate: ‘we need to keep these businesses open’

Junior finance minister defends decision to break ranks with his senior minister and call for tax changes

Neale Richmond, the junior enterprise minister, has joined a growing chorus of Fine Gael politicians calling for the Vat rate for restaurants and cafés to be re-examined. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Restaurants and cafés could be in line for further state supports in the coming months amid a coalition row over the Vat rate for the industry in Ireland, a Fine Gael minister has said.

Neale Richmond, the junior enterprise minister, told the Business Post that he favoured splitting the Vat rate, which was hiked back up from the pandemic-era 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent last September, before this year’s budget.

“Any changes to ...