Press Statement Wednesday 9th September
Tourist Information Point established in Hunt Museum by Fáilte Ireland – O’Donnell
-O’Donnell welcomes continued presence of Fáilte Ireland in Limerick City but reaffirms position that Main Tourist office should re-open as quickly as possible
– Hunt Museum staff will assist with visitor queries.
Fáilte Ireland have established a ‘Visitor Information Point” in the landmark Hunt Museum, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has said. This follows an intervention by Deputy O’Donnell with Fáilte Ireland on their decision to close the Tourist Office on O’Connell Street until March 2021.
“I welcome the decision by Fáilte Ireland to establish a Visitor Information Point in the Hunt Museum, which will ensure visitors to Limerick City and the region can access tourist information.
“I received confirmation yesterday from Paul Keeley, Regional Director, Fáilte Ireland that the Visitor Information Point is now in place and staff in the museum will also deal with any direct visitor queries that will arise.
“On August 20th, I spoke with and wrote to Mr Keeley of Fáilte Ireland and asked for the reopening of the Tourist Office on O’Connell Street. I articulated the disquiet at the decision by many in the city and stressed the importance of visitor access to information on our tourism offering.
“In response to my intervention on the prolonged closure of the Tourist Office, Mr Keeley and his colleagues in the Fáilte Ireland Visitor Engagement team undertook to seek a solution that would ensure that visitors to Limerick would not be at a significant disadvantage .
“This has resulted in this Visitor information Point, now in place in the Hunt Museum, with staff there dealing with any direct visitors queries. Furthermore, back-up support will be provided by Fáilte Ireland here at all times.
“This ensures that until the main tourist office on O’Connell Street is reopened, Fáilte Ireland continues to have a presence in Limerick in the landmark Hunt Museum with support from staff for any visitor queries.
“I am still of the strong belief, that with our Shannon Heritage sites secured for the rest of 2020, we must ensure visitors to Limerick City, third city of Ireland, capital of the Mid-West, and on the Wild Atlantic Way can avail of tourist information in the conventional way and I will work with all stakeholders to ensure this is prioritised.