ATM robberies strike at the heart of struggling rural business and communities

9th April 2019 Latest spate of robberies puts the viability of retail at risk at a particularly difficult time Irish retailers in border counties have told Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representation body, that they are bracing themselves for more in the recent spate of ATM thefts. Eight ATM robberies involving diggers and trailers have […]

Retail Excellence calls for review of Dublin Port decision to reduce volume of cruise ships

28th March 2019 “Dublin Port – please don’t sink Ireland’s cruise ship tourism industry” pleads Ireland’s largest retail body Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body with 2,000 members, has called for an urgent review of Dublin Port’s decision to drastically curtail the volume of cruise ships permitted into the port from 2021. A meeting […]

GroMór campaign launched for 2019!

Spring is officially here so visit your local garden centres, buy Irish plants and get growing! GroMór is an initiative by Bord Bia in association with Retail Excellence Ireland, promoting its 62 local garden centres and nurseries located across the country. These centres have an extensive selection of plants along with qualified staff, who are […]

Retailers North and South welcome removal of no-deal Vote from Brexit outcomes

14 MARCH 2019 Two of the biggest retail representative bodies on the island of Ireland have  welcomed the vote in the House of Commons against leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.  Retail NI, Northern Ireland’s largest retail trade association joined Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body in welcoming the vote to take ‘no […]

Retail Excellence announces new Chair & Vice Chair

13th March 2019 Mr Joe Barrett, COO & co-owner of Applegreen PLC becomes new Chairman; award-winning boutique owner Jean McCabe takes up Vice-Chair Ireland’s largest retail representative body, Retail Excellence today (Wed 13 March 2019) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Barrett as its new Chairman. Mr. Barrett will succeed J.P. Kennedy (MD […]

Retail Excellence welcomes announcement of recipients of new fund for Irish retailers

March 1st 2019 New fund to accelerate retailers’ online offering and increase competitiveness Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body, has welcomed the announcement today of recipients of the first call of the new Online Retail Scheme. The scheme is delivered for the Government by Enterprise Ireland. Eleven retailers were awarded funding as part of […]

Welcome reprieve for retailers as Health Supplement VAT hike delayed

Wednesday 27th February 2019 Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail industry representative body has welcomed yesterday’s decision by the Revenue Commissioners to halt a proposed 23% VAT hike  on vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fish oils. The proposal announced by Revenue in December was due to come into effect this Friday March 1st but has instead been […]

Retail Excellence welcomes movement from Government on soft tissue damage awards

Today’s announcement that the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has asked the Chief Justice to create simple rules to force through rapid reductions in awards for soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash has been welcomed by Retail Excellence and the Alliance for Insurance Reform. Commenting on the announcement, Bryan Rankin, Head of Public Policy & Communications […]

Retail Excellence appoints new Head of Public Policy & Communications

         13th February 2019 Bryan Rankin has been announced as the new Head of Public Policy and Communications at Retail Excellence. In this role, Bryan will be representing your issues and taking them to government, to ensure the voice of retail gets heard by decision makers, on your key public affairs agenda […]

Alliance for Insurance Reform gains first ‘win’

7th February 2019 The first of the Alliance for Insurance Reform’s ‘10 Asks‘ has been passed into law. The Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Act 2018 is not in itself all that promising as it hands control of the new insurance oversight data to the Central Bank, which has been thoroughly discredited as a […]