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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 15 Mar 1972

Vol. 259 No. 11

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hotel Industry.


asked the Minister for Transport and Power if his attention has been drawn to recent newspaper reports that at least a hundred hotels are in danger of closing before the end of 1972 and to a statement by a person (name supplied) that unless the Government takes action a large number of hotels will become bankrupt with consequent loss of many jobs; and what action is proposed to help the industry.

I have seen Press reports to the effect that a number of hotels are experiencing difficulties and I have been in consultation with Bord Fáilte in the matter. In addition, I will be meeting representatives of the Irish Hotels Federation in the near future to discuss the situation in detail.

I am very much aware of the difficulties confronting the Irish tourist industry and I propose within the next few days to seek the approval of the House for a Supplementary Estimate for additional funds to meet certain commitments to the hotel industry. I will deal with the matter more fully when I am introducing the Estimate.

In reply to the Minister's reply, which I welcome, is the Minister aware that, according to the figures submitted by this director of the Irish Hotels Federation, according to a survey they carried out, even before the burning of the British Embassy, it was reckoned that 20 per cent of their hotels were in dire difficulties and could go bankrupt, with corresponding loss of jobs?

This question has not been proved. The Minister for Transport and Power is in touch with the Irish Hotels Federation and will discuss the matter with them. This whole matter would be far better debated on the Supplementary Estimate, when the Minister will be able to give details of what he proposes to do.

Yes, but we are entitled to ask questions in the House also.