Appeal to send tourism funds to region
Senator Grace O'Sullivan has welcomed news that the tourism sector is to receive a substantial increase in capital funding, but has called on the government to ensure that money is directed to the South East region, where funding is urgently needed.
Addressing the Seanad on Thursday during a discussion on the National Tourism Development (Amendment) Bill, Senator O'Sullivan, who is the Green Party spokesperson on Tourism and Marine, said targeted funding would bolster the tourism sector and help badly needed job creation.
The Senator, recognising that tourism is a growing sector and a key contributor to the overall economy, said that the South East is not seeing equal growth in economy and jobs that other areas of Ireland are seeing, particularly in terms of tourism. It would be fitting, she said, for the Government to specifically target economically weak areas such as Waterford and the rest of the South East region.
'Tourism creates jobs and generates earnings in communities throughout Ireland, particularly rural areas,' she said.