Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has today (Monday) welcomed confirmation of a key Programme for Government commitment to cut the Travel Tax to 0%. The reduction will become effective from tomorrow April 1st and has been welcomed by Airlines and Tourism leaders.

Deputy Heydon was speaking from the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Dublin today which was addressed by Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary.

“It was encouraging to hear Michael O’Leary highlight the 20 additional new routes Ryanair are introducing this summer across Dublin, Knock and Shannon as a result of the reduction in this tax.  He outlined how passenger number had dropped from 30m to 20m after this tax was originally introduced by the previous Government.  He stated that Ireland is at a distinct advantage over the UK which retains a £13 tax.”

“Tourism is a key indigenous industry for Ireland and Kildare and has been a focus for this Government with a reduced VAT rate and the promotion of the Gathering last year.  It is an industry that provides employment at all levels and particulary for younger people at seasonal times of the year.

“If we can continue to increase the numbers coming into the Country, then I am confident that Failte Ireland, Kildare Failte and all our great local facilities and amenities will ensure they enjoy their stay here and hopefully return.”