Editorial: We are enriched by pilgrim paths - not by underhand tax
There is good news on the double for the tourism sector today.
The unpopular €3 travel tax, frequently criticised by Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary as a real disincentive to potentional visitors, came to an end last night. And a new guide to our pilgrim walks is now available.
While the travel tax was only €3 per journey, it always seemed underhand to lure people here and then dip into their pockets even before they landed.
Hopefully visitors will continue to enjoy their time here, as there are many and varied attractions in this country, one of which is walking. Ireland is an ideal place for this pleasurable, free and healthy pursuit and a guide to 10 ancient pilgrim paths was launched by the Heritage Council.
It believes that the paths will be an added attraction to the countryside and could, one day, rival the popularity of the famous Camino de Santiago route in northern Spain.
"These are wonderful paths and there is nobody walking them," says John O'Dwyer, who estimates it would take a month to walk all 10 paths. So, start walking.