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Ross backs 0pc VAT rate for tourism and calls on people to take 'staycations' this year


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Cocooning: Tourism Minister Shane Ross at his home in Enniskerry.
Photo: Frank McGrath

Cocooning: Tourism Minister Shane Ross at his home in Enniskerry. Photo: Frank McGrath

Cocooning: Tourism Minister Shane Ross at his home in Enniskerry. Photo: Frank McGrath

Tourism Minister Shane Ross has backed a 0pc VAT rate to help the sector recover and insisted: "There are going to be holidays in Ireland this year."

But he says 'staycation vouchers' are unlikely to happen any time soon as he is confident there will be pent-up demand for breaks.

Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent, Mr Ross acknowledged that Irish tourism is currently "on its knees" and "dramatic measures" are needed to save it.