Donohoe: Too early to say whether staycations will be possible this summer


Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

09.06 16 Feb 2021


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The Finance Minister says he 'can't answer' yet whether people will be able to go on staycation in Ireland this summer.

Paschal Donohoe says the Government is hoping to give clarity on the issue in 'the coming weeks'.

With a new 'living with COVID' plan due next week, focus has turned to which restrictions may be eased over the coming months.

While senior ministers have already said foreign holidays are unlikely for most people this year, they've expressed their hopes domestic travel may be allowed.

However, Minister Donohoe told Newstalk Breakfast it's still too early to say whether that can happen.

Donohoe: Too early to say whether staycations will be possible this summer

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He said: “With so many families, holiday plans at home and definitely abroad have been booked and rebooked and changed so many times over the last 12 months.

"Will we be able to travel across our country during the summer? It does depend on where we’re going to be with the disease, and we will do our best to give plenty of notice to those in our hospitality sector, and then of course to families and potential domestic tourists.

“I can’t answer that question for you today, but I would hope in the coming weeks we would be able to give the clarity many do seek."

He stressed the Government is doing "all we can" to ensure vaccinations happen with the "speed and scale that is needed".

Minister Donohoe also said a formal decision on extending income supports such as the wage subsidy scheme will happen “very, very soon”.

However, he assured people that the schemes will continue "in different ways" well beyond the end of March.

The Finance Minister - who is also President of the Eurogroup - said such schemes will play a vital role in the economic recovery across Europe.

He said: “We continue to have a journey ahead that we need to complete - but we will complete it."

Main image: File photo of Paschal Donohoe. Picture by: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

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