Munster calls for updated legislation to protect holidaymakers
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster has called on Minister Shane Ross and his Department to take action to put an end to the current situation where holiday-makers lose out when travel agents and other travel companies go out of business.
She spoke in the wake of recent news that more than 15,000 Irish people have had their holiday plans disrupted after the online travel website Lowcostholidays closed down last Friday afternoon.
Some of those who are currently on holiday abroad have had to pay for their accommodation again, despite having already paid for it through Lowcostholidays. Those who cannot afford to do so might be without accommodation on their holidays.
Deputy Munster said:
“This is a very frustrating situation for those who have lost out on either their holidays, or money, or both. It’s the peak of the summer season, and people are suddenly left in the lurch.
“I think it’s time that the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Shane Ross TD, reviews and updates Ireland’s legislation on travel. It is out of date and does not offer protection to consumers, especially given how the internet has revolutionised travel since the introduction of the legislation over 30 years ago".
“This is not the first time that holidaymakers have been left out of pocket due to travel companies going out of business. We need to legislate to stop this from happening again."