Irish Examiner: Donohoe ‘missing the point’ on Stay and Spend amid calls for change


Tax return consultant wants the Minister to reconsider his views on restaurants. Mr Donohoe said that takeaway food and drink outlets are unlikely to be as badly affected by restrictions as dine-in restaurants, so don’t qualify for the scheme.

This was in direct response to Taxback asking if Stay and Spend will be extended to include traditional restaurants which have had to close and change to offering a takeaway service only.

“The fact is, many restaurants, that have never before offered dine-out services, have had to pivot their offering over the last 12 months simply to keep their doors open, staff employed, and heads above water,” said Taxback’s consumer tax manager Marian Ryan.