Ireland’s tourism potential will be destroyed by staff shortage.

It’s feared that the tourism potential of popular attractions such as the Wild Atlantic Way could be destroyed by the current labour shortage that many businesses working in the tourism and hospitality are currently having to cope with.



Recently it emerged that there is a major labour shortage in the sector as many businesses are struggling to attract staff following the easing of the Covid 19 restrictions.


It’s estimated that there are 42,000 positions to be filled throughout the Country, as a result many bars, pubs and restaurants are having to reduce hours and curtail the choices being offered on menus.


Felim Gurn is a Publican in Manorhamilton.


The local Independent Councillor has been outlining his own person experience of trying to attract and secure staff.


Mr Gurn owns and runs Gurns Milestone Bar and Restaurant in Manorhamilton.  Recently he has reduced his opening hours from seven to five day per week.He currently has a number of vacancies for bar staff and chefs.


He’s says the shortage of staff is a major challenge with many that previously worked in the sector now opting to seek alternative employment that offers better pay and conditions in addition to more sociable hours.