Simon Coveney on hospitality closures, Ireland’s tax policy and why the coalition is pro-enterprise

The Minister for Enterprise defends new burdens on employers but says he recognises need to protect small firms

Simon Coveney, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, will soon publish a report into the impact that recent policy changes have had on businesses

Following weeks of restaurants and cafés across Ireland shuttering their doors for the final time, Simon Coveney maintains that his government has the industry’s back.

Two weeks ago, the enterprise minister took to social media to express his sadness that restaurant Nash19, an institution in his native Cork, would cease trading with immediate effect in the face of rising costs.

Calls have since grown for the government to act and to, among other things, reconsider ...