The Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Sean Kyne, has this morning (Wednesday) warmly welcomed the allocation of €200,000 in funding for the development of a 40-bed 3-star hostel in Cill Mhuirbhí on Inis Mór.
The funding has been sanctioned by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, TD, under the ‘Encouragement of Tourism Activities’ measure of the Rural Development Programme.
Commented Deputy Sean Kyne: “The provision of this funding, which will require final approval from the Board of Comhar na nOileán Teoranta, is hugely positive for the Aran Islands and will provide high quality, good value accommodation for visitors to the islands.
“Additional accommodation is required to fill a gap in the market and will be vital in helping the exceptionally important tourist industry to grow.
“The recent retention in Budget 2014 of the reduced 9% VAT rate for tourist-related businesses, including guest accommodation and restaurants, is proof of the value of tourism to our local economy and of the success of that measure in retaining and creating jobs.
“This year tourism numbers have surged ahead, spurred on by the success of the Gathering. To build on this success it’s vital that we invest in our tourism facilities. This funding to ‘Brú Dhún Aonghusa’ is essential to help the Aran Islands cater for the very welcome increased numbers of visitors to our region,” concluded Deputy Kyne.