MacSharry worries proposed change in hotel room VAT would wreck tourism

Scanlon wants more Councillors – ‘existing members are being asked to do too much.’

Sligo News File Online.

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says a Sinn Fein proposed change in the VAT rate on hotel rooms would be “devastating” to tourism in the North West.

It “has the potential to undo the progress that has been made and cost jobs,” he said

Meanwhile, party colleague Eamon Scanlon is calling for more councillors to be elected on local authorities.

He argues that existing members “are being asked to do too much.”

Membership of councils is currently made up business owners, auctioneers, estate agents, owners of rental properties, farmers, agricultural contractors, teachers and school principals, lecturers, solicitors, barristers, tax advisors, company directors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, developers, owners of construction firms, nursing home owners, funeral undertakers, public service workers, trade union officials and others.

Last March, their representative body called for a 40% hike in pay for the part-time job.