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Attractions: Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle says the park can survive with help from Government

Attractions: Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle says the park can survive with help from Government

Attractions: Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle says the park can survive with help from Government

The owner of Tayto Park hopes that the theme park will reopen in August - but fears that it may not until next April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Prior to the Covid-19 emergency, Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle had pencilled in this Saturday for the reopening of the park, which generates around €19m in revenues per annum and attracts over 500,000 visitors.

Mr Coyle said in an interview that he hoped that the park may be in a position to reopen in August but conceded that it may now be next April.

He said Tayto Park has already stalled the recruitment of 360 seasonal workers for the park's peak summer months.

Mr Coyle said that he was not qualified to say when the park would reopen.

"We will have to be guided by the HSE, Government and the developments around the coronavirus," he said.

Tayto Park employs 78 year-round workers who are engaged in feeding the animals there, maintenance of the rides and attractions, and office work.

Mr Coyle said that workforce will remain in place.

"We didn't have capital expenditure this winter which was a great help," he said. "We have money to cover ourselves for one year, provided that we can access the Government support scheme in place for company employees.

"What the Government is proposing to put in place is very fair."

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