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Concerns: Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly of Failte Ireland, Ruth Andrews, Independent Chair of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce and Maurice Pratt, acting Chair of ITIC

Concerns: Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly of Failte Ireland, Ruth Andrews, Independent Chair of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce and Maurice Pratt, acting Chair of ITIC

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Concerns: Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly of Failte Ireland, Ruth Andrews, Independent Chair of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce and Maurice Pratt, acting Chair of ITIC

THE decision to include responsibility for tourism in Minister Catherine Martin's new Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht has been sharply criticised by industry representatives.

Veteran business leader Maurice Pratt, who is acting chairman of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), said he initially couldn't believe the new structure.

"My honest reaction was: oh my God," said Mr Pratt, the former chief executive of C&C and Tesco Ireland and managing director of Quinnsworth.