Cut VAT or the plug could be pulled

The slump in visitor number is being felt throughout the county, Cllr Michael Cahill maintains

A KERRY Fianna Fail councillor has urged party leader, Micheál Martin, to pull the plug on the government unless the decision to increase tourism industry VAT from nine per cent to 13.5 per cent is reversed immediately.

Killarney is being hit hard by a slump in visitor numbers this summer and the ripple effect is being felt throughout the county, Cllr Michael Cahill has complained.

Cllr Michael Cahill: Wants Micheál Martin to take a stand

He has called on the Minister for Finance to immediately reverse the hike In VAT imposed hospitality sector as the impact has been “catastrophic”.

“Numbers are well down in the county and Killarney is being hit very hard. What town or village in Kerry does not depend on income from tourism?” he asked.

Cllr Cahill said tourist service providers he has spoken to have reported a drop in business of between 25 and 40 per cent.

“It is now time the minister saw the error of his ways and reversed this crazy increase before he totally destroys this very crucial industry. The whole of county Kerry is suffering,” he said.

Cllr Cahill urged FF leader Micheál Martin to withdraw from the confidence and supply agreement immediately unless a return to the status quo is announced.

“Businesses all over Kerry are finding it very difficult to stay afloat after the VAT increase. As a result, they are passing it on to the customers, making the prices very dear and leaving a sour taste as regards value,” he stated.

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