Many organisations struggle to get a Minister to attend their annual dinner or conference- but the Restaurants Association of Ireland 'netted' two this week. Despite all the mayhem in the Dail Leo Varadkar found time to be at the RAI Conference where he delivered a typically brisk and informative address during which he complemented the Association on its 'Keep 9% VAT' campaign. The acknowledgement was welcome for ceo Adrian Cummins who managed the campaign but who was gazumped by IHF President Micheal Vaughan who got all the tv coverage on Budget Day.
The RAI Double was completed in the evening when Minister of State Michael Ring was guest at the President's Dinner.
Incidentally- I now have something in common with Minister Varadkar- we are both recipients of the RAI's Mike Butt Award, named after the Associations founder.