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Gouging like this will send the tourists packing

Ian O'Doherty


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We run the risk of killing the golden goose that is our hugely important tourist industry. Picture posed

We run the risk of killing the golden goose that is our hugely important tourist industry. Picture posed

We run the risk of killing the golden goose that is our hugely important tourist industry. Picture posed

A friend of mine from Clarenbridge is an avid fisherman with his own little boat. Last week, he set out on the Good Ship Billy and went up and down the coast to enjoy the sunshine and, hopefully, catch a few fish.

He came back empty-handed. Even the mackerel seem to have disappeared — which in itself is a column for another day. But as he was sending me increasingly morose messages about how our once-famous fishing grounds have become an aquatic desert, he sent one happy note — he had found a pub in Mayo “which wasn’t ripping everyone off. I’ve finally found a place that isn’t price-gouging us!”


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