Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

12th November 2019

 

Minister needs to fix Tourism regional imbalance by promoting Louth and East coast- Breathnach

 

70 per cent of overseas visitors to Ireland stay overnight in just five counties, Dublin and four West coast counties of Cork, Galway, Kerry and Clare-

 

Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach has said the Tourism Minister Shane Ross needs to properly engage with the sector, after it was revealed that since becoming a Minister in 2016 he has only met Chairpersons from Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland twice and three times respectively. The figures were revealed from a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry.

 

 

Breathnach commented “The tourism industry is hugely important to Ireland and to County Louth. We had 172,000 overseas visitors to Louth in 2017, who spent €55m in the County, generating huge funds to our local businesses, pubs, restaurants and hospitality sector. We must note that millions of overseas visitors land in Dublin and Belfast’s Airports each year, and we should focus on convincing those who land in these airports to make the short trip to the wee County.”

 

Despite Louth’s proximity to Dublin Airport, a recent Fáilte Ireland report found there was a serious regional imbalance in Ireland’s Tourism sector. This report found that 70% of overseas visitors to Ireland stay overnight in just five counties – Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Clare.

 

Commenting on these figures, Breathnach said “These figures should be very worrying to all Counties in Leinster and the East coast. Besides Dublin, the other top counties for overnight visitors are all on the West Coast.

 

He continued “Brexit will be a serious threat to the industry too, and this will impact more on border counties like Louth. Despite all this, Minister Ross has only met with Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland just five times in total since becoming Minister in 2016. He needs to get serious about promoting Louth’s Tourism sector and every other County in Ireland’s Ancient East.”

 

 
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie