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26/11/2014 [Statements] I thank Members for giving me the opportunity to update the House on some of the key issues of relevance to the tourism sector. Before I go into the detail of the Government's actions and future plans for the sector, I wish to highlight the significant contribution tourism has made to ...Vol-235 Page [847]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister and wish him every success with his tourism policy statement which will be published shortly. In fairness, he is shaping up quite well in his Department and I wish him well.
Tourism is a good brief to have because it continues to be a good news story. Without ...
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26/11/2014 [Statements] The Senator is on his hobby horse.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Page [853]
26/11/2014 [Statements] My colleague and friend, Senator Ned O'Sullivan, mentioned in his opening sentence that tourism was a great news story and I agree with him. Tourism figures for last year surpassed all figures for the previous six to seven years. As has been mentioned, The Gathering was a wonderful su...Vol-235 Page [853]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister back to the House. He outlined the picture very well for us.
In 2010 the number of overseas visitors had fallen by 16% in two years, but it is growing once again. The Minister has made several useful proposals to maintain this growth, including having lower ...
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26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister. He is particularly welcome when good news comes with him. The figures about which he spoke and others reflect a very healthy position for tourism in Ireland, which is good. It is worth giving credit to Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, both of which have wor...Vol-235 Page [856]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister and think we all agree he has done a fine job since his appointment. Tourism is one of Ireland's vital economic sectors and, as others said, it stood us well in difficult times in the past. Further, it has significant potential to play a greater role in Ireland'...Vol-235 Page [859]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister and will begin by being parochial because it is relevant to this discussion. Cavan town recently became a beacon for the tourism industry and I hope it will experience a further boost in tourism because it scooped a prestigious European visitor award. Cavan town...Vol-235 Page [860]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I thank the Minister for coming to the House to take this topic. It is not every morning that we wake up to good news, but I certainly woke up to good news this morning from the Minister. I gather he has not yet highlighted what he has done for counties Donegal and Kerry by retaining ...Vol-235 Page [861]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Please ignore the Senator on that subject.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [862]
26/11/2014 [Statements] It cannot be done because Killarney is synonymous with tourism. The work that Killarney people have put into promoting tourism has been phenomenal. They have promoted the town which has many natural amenities, including the lakes. The Acting Chairman will agree with me because it is ...Vol-235 Page [862]
26/11/2014 [Statements] The right man is in the Chair.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Christmas in Killarney is simply magical for anyone who visits. The jarveys do up their jarvey cars like sleighs.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I hate to tell the Senator that her time is up. I will not stop her finishing.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I commend the towns and tourist areas that have picked themselves up and not let the recession beat them down. Killarney has had the best season in a decade, which is great news for us. I commend those involved for the work they do in promoting tourism in their area and empowering the...Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. When portfolios were being handed out, the gods smiled on the Minister. He was given an excellent portfolio and a very hard working Department, of which I am very proud, as is anybody else in the country. First impressions last. It is always exciting for...Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Not at all; we are thriving.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I come from Galway, the tourism heaven of Ireland. Some time ago, when driving to Cork, I passed 15 trucks belonging to one of the main haulage companies in the country. It is a game of mine, whenever I travel anywhere, to count the number of times I pass one of these trucks. I canno...Vol-235 Page [863]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister. I apologise for missing his opening remarks, as I was otherwise engaged with another portfolio in his brief, presenting the annual awards to young athletes who have represented Ireland well throughout the year.
I am delighted to contribute to the debate on tou...
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26/11/2014 [Statements] The Senator did a fair bit for it himself.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-235 Page [864]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I thank the Senator very much. As we know, Irish tourism has gone from strength to strength year on year. We all know how great this little island of ours is, with our vast coastline, which stretches perhaps over 3,000 km, world class surfing, inland waterways, rivers, canals, mountai...Vol-235 Page [864]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I am sorry, Senator, but there are two more speakers-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [865]
26/11/2014 [Statements] This is the most important point I want to bring to the Minister's attention. I know from my experience the great work that Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland do. However, there is some confusion about their respective roles and I am constantly asked whether a person should consult Fá...Vol-235 Page [865]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I know that time is tight-----[Conway, Martin]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] It is very tight. The Minister has to leave at 5 p.m.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I welcome the Minister who has an exciting portfolio at a very exciting time. Tourism in this country is working. The initiatives he outlined in his contribution are working. The welcome aspect in terms of tourism marketing is that we are taking a joined-up, corporate, professional a...Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I know that.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] -----but I speak regularly on this issue in the House.[Conway, Martin]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Eloquently.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] The Minister came to County Clare recently and visited the Cliffs of Moher and I look forward to welcoming him again in the not too distant future.[Conway, Martin]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] Before I call the Minister, I will give one minute to the Leader, Senator Maurice Cummins. The Minister is anxious to conclude and I am anxious to facilitate him.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-235 Page [866]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I will be very brief because I know the Minister has other engagements. The success of our tourism product was not by accident but because of Government policy. Consciously deciding to have a 9% VAT rate and eliminating the travel tax were policy decisions made by the Government that ...Vol-235 Page [867]
26/11/2014 [Statements] I thank all Senators for their contributions. I will respond to the main point each Senator has made to me to conclude this debate.
I thank Senator Ned O'Sullivan for his contribution. I am always reluctant to describe any part of the economy as being a good news story because we do...
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26/11/2014 [Statements] It is much appreciated.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-235 Page [868]
26/11/2014 [Statements] They must continue to do so.
As I have not had the opportunity to address Senator Gerard P. Craughwell before, I congratulate him on his election to the Seanad. I wish him the best of luck in the contribution he will make to it. He is correct with regard to the importance of airport...
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