Anger at funding cut to west Donegal tourist office

Declan Magee

Reporter:

Declan Magee

Funding for the only worker at the Dungloe tourist office has been withdrawn by Fáilte Ireland causing anger in the local community.

Funding for the only worker at the Dungloe tourist office has been withdrawn by Fáilte Ireland causing anger in the local community.

Until this year Fáilte Ireland has provided funding for a seasonal tourist officer based at the Ionad Teampaill Chróine (ITC) in Dungloe from May until September.

A national moratorium on recruiting seasonal staff means Fáilte Ireland will not be filling the post.

Fáilte Ireland North West says it is in negotiations with ITC to ensure the office is open during the season.

The office in Dungloe has been open in recent years from May to September for five days a week. The ITC provides the space for the office while Fáilte Ireland has provided a staff member.

Fáilte Ireland runs full time offices in Letterkenny, Donegal Town and Bundoran. An office in Buncrana is also provided in conjunction with the community.

Manager of the ITC Michelle Bonner said the move from Fáilte Ireland has angered local accommodation providers and businesses in the area. She said the community would try to ensure that a tourist information office is provided.

“If it opens it cannot be in the same format. We are going to run it as a community, but Fáilte Ireland need to be seen to be supporting it 100 per cent,” she said. “Locals are very angry because they feel they are being totally abandoned. It’s a good hour from (the Fáilte Ireland office in) Donegal Town and Fáilte Ireland seems to be concentrating on the big towns.”

She said the news was a blow ahead of the opening of the new Daniel O’Donnell museum in Dungloe next month.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat