The VAT rate for the hospitality sector should be lowered, according to recommendations from the Covid-19 Oireachtas Committee.

The group has published its first report after weeks of hearing from witnesses from the industry on how it has been affected by the pandemic.

In the report it says the July stimulus package should include a mix of more grant aid and the offer of loans for businesses to help them stay afloat, with many saying they've already accrued too much debt.

Chair of the committee, Clare TD Michael McNamara says the family-run businesses need to be protected:

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