Eoghan O’Mara Walsh: What the government must do for tourism in Budget 2023

There is understandably much talk of a cost-of-living crisis but we are also in the midst of a severe cost-of-business crisis

The Slieve Russell hotel in Cavan: Tony Walker, its general manager, told the media last week that his six month energy bill, previously an already hefty €214,000, had come in at €478,000.

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh is CEO of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation

This week, a meeting of key tourism and hospitality industry leaders will take place in Adare in Co Limerick. In normal times, the atmosphere would have been relatively buoyant, given that the sector has enjoyed a busy summer following the carnage of the pandemic.

Instead the over-riding mood will be one of trepidation, as businesses up and down the country face into a winter ...