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Maeve Dineen: Tourism Ministry is just going round in circles

TOURISM Minister Leo Varadkar's department cranked out a dreadful press release on Friday that goes a long way towards explaining why the sector is in crisis. The department was trying to promote the development of Ireland's first cycle route from Dublin to Galway. The off-road trail is a welcome change to the usual build-another-golf-course approach to tourism.

The problem is not the trail but the manner in which it appears to be planned. The canned quote from Mr Varadkar says it all: "I would love to see this project being completed within the next few years. It has the potential to bring in at least €15m per annum, much of that going straight into local businesses along the route."


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