Decision on minister devastating for tourism

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin

THE newly elected Mayor of Killarney has blasted the decision not to allocate a stand-alone tourism department in the newly appointed government.

Cllr Brendan Cronin said it is “bitterly disappointing” that the industry has been included in a portfolio along with five other briefs.

Green Party TD Catherine Martin was yesterday appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

“While it is welcome news that we now have a new government in place to address our recovery from the fallout of Covid-19, it is bitterly disappointing that tourism has not been given proper recognition,” Mayor Cronin said.

“I am urgently appealing to the Taoiseach, Michael Martin, to review this devastating decision for tourism,” he added.

“I fundamentally believe that the tourism sector needs its own cabinet minister to oversee the rebuilding of one of our most indigenous and important employment sectors in this country, and in particular in Kerry,” the Independent councillor said.

Cllr Cronin was elected to succeed Cllr Michael Gleeson as Mayor of Killarney at the annual general meeting of the Killarney Municipal District Council on Friday.

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