Mayo county councillors have urged the Minister for Education to standardise the start date of the school year to boost the summer tourism scene for rural counties.
Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McNamara raised the matter. He said with some schools returning from August 20 it is hitting the tourist trade hard in rural areas and seaside towns and villages.
“In my opinion,
the date needs to be standardised to September. That means we have an extra two weeks for our tourism industry,” said the Achill councillor.
Cllr McNamara said the early return date for schools is also depriving businesses of seasonal workers. He said the tourism industry has already been hit hard by VAT and rates increases and fears the looming threat of Brexit.
“It’s having a detrimental effect on our tourism industry,” agreed party colleague, Cllr Damien Ryan.