West Donegal TD Dinny McGinley has claimed that tourism is on the “cusp of a new golden era” – just hours after a leading hotel closed its doors.
Donegal Daily revealed last night how the Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair closed yesterday with the loss of 35 jobs.
Owner Jimmy Boyle told us how Government inaction in the area had partially led to the hotel’s closure.
But local TD Dinny McGinley maintained today that tourism in Donegal and Ireland is about to be reborn.
His claim comes following the devastation of the Gaoth Dobhair area including the closure of the Ostan Hotel, the loss of Largo Foods as well as the closure of two local grocery shops in Bunbeg.
Deputy McGinley said the announcement of the hotel clsoure is a terrible blow, not alone to the Boyle family, the over 30 workers losing their jobs, but also to the local parish.
“For many years the Seaview was an iconic facility in the area. It was looked upon as a centre of social entertainment for young people, not alone in the Parish, but in West Donegal.
“It also provided excellent facilities for events in the area and attracted many tourists down through the years. It has made a major contribution to the golden era of tourism in the 60’s, 70’s and even later.
“What makes last night’ s announcement even sadder is that we are on the cusp of a new golden era of tourism in Donegal.
“As someone who has been using the facilities of the Seaview for family and public events down through the years, I do hope that this is not the end of an era and that the Boyle family will continue to be involved in the business and catering life of the Parish for many years to come.”Tags: