Post Brexit: Tourism VAT rate of 9% must be retained to defend Irish Tourism – McEntee

Friday, 24th June 2016

Local Minister for Mental Health and Older People, and Meath East Fine
Gael T.D. Helen McEntee used the Hay Festival in Kells and the Taste
of the Boyne Valley event in Kilsaran Home, Dunboyne this weekend to
highlight the importance of the 9% Tourism VAT rate to Co. Meath and
Irish tourism, especially in the wake of the Brexit vote announced on
Friday morning.

“This weekend we have 2 fantastic local festivals in Meath East: the
Hay Festival in Kells and the Taste of the Boyne Valley in Dunboyne.
I congratulate all of the hard working organisers of both events who
have have volunteered all year round on weekdays, evenings and
weekends to make these events a success for their localities and for
Meath.  They make an invaluable contribution to the economic,
cultural, heritage, tourism and agri-food sectors of Meath and the
wider North East region” stated Minister McEntee.

“Both festivals attract many visitors from abroad, and Meath tourism
has even more potential for future growth all year round too.  Brexit
cannot be allowed to cast a cloud of doubt or uncertainty over this
current and future potential for local revenue and local jobs.  I will
be speaking to my colleagues in Government, Minister Michael Noonan in
Finance and Minister Shane Ross in Transport, Tourism and Sport when
the Dáil reconvenes  on Monday to discuss Brexit. i will be putting
forward the case for the retention of the 9% VAT rate on tourism to
protect Meath and Irish tourism in these uncertain times” concluded
Minister McEntee.


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