Visitor numbers steady
MORE people are coming to Ireland for business and holidays, but fewer are visiting relatives.
The Central Statistics Office's 2012 Tourism and Travel figures show only a marginal increase in visitor numbers last year, but those who came spent more. Some 6.517 million people visited Ireland last year, just 12,000 more than the previous year. Business travellers were up 8pc to 1.18 million while the number of holiday and leisure travellers rose almost 4pc to 2.8 million. But 155,000 fewer people came to visit friends or relatives – an 8pc drop to 1.818 million.
Tribute paid to HRI chief
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has paid tribute to former Kerry group chairman Denis Brosnan (70) for his work at the helm of Horse Racing Ireland.
Mr Brosnan, who has been chairman of HRI for the past 22 years, stepped down recently and businessman Joe Keeling has been appointed as Mr Brosnan's successor. Speaking yesterday, Mr Coveney said: "Mr Brosnan was steadfast in his commitment to the mission of the group in developing and promoting Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horseracing and breeding."
RTE focus on comedy
RTE is placing a big emphasis on comedy for the months ahead, although popular shows 'ICA Bootcamp' and 'The Restaurant' have been axed.
It has commissioned another series of 'The Savage Eye' and 'Irish Pictorial Weekly', which will be rolled out in the autumn. 'The Savage Eye', fronted by comedian David McSavage, is lined up to return to television screens "at the back-end of the year", according to an insider. RTE said that its producers like to "rejuvenate the schedule and provide new, fresh content".