As the third biggest sector in Ireland, employing 280,000 retail workers, Retail Ireland works to future proof the retail sector by continually monitoring and advising Government, media and other stakeholders on shifting industry trends.

Retail Ireland

Retail Ireland mission is to support and protect the social and economic importance of the Irish retail industry. The group’s public affairs and representation activities are focussed on articulating, protecting and advancing retail's position, influencing proposals that impact upon members' interests and engaging with Government and key decision makers to ensure that the retail industry is properly considered when new laws and regulations are debated.

Retail contributes €30 billion in total sales and 14% of national employment, given this significant economic contribution it is essential that the sector retains its ability to grow, create jobs and deliver value and choice to Irish consumers.

The Retail Ireland Skillnet team work closely with Retail Ireland to ensure current and future skills needs are addressed through the offering of work-based training programmes. Our collective vision is to professionalise the industry, making retail the career of choice.

Shane Flynn
Managing Director Aramark & Chairman of Retail Ireland
Arnold Dillon
Director, Retail Ireland

Retail Ireland's 4 Pillars


Support and maintain the retail sector’s competitiveness and ability to grow, sustain jobs and deliver great value and a wide choice to the Irish consumer.


We ensure that building and maintaining consumer confidence is a primary focus for Government, the retail sector and other key stakeholders.


Retail Ireland collectively promote the critical importance of the retail sector as a great employer, providing exciting, rewarding and sustainable career path.

Retail Ireland further promotes the role and contribution the retail industry makes to enhancing and improving local communities across Ireland.

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